True story about a Cottonmouth. I am from Louisiana (New Iberia). Those things are everywhere down there. They hang from trees over the water and sometimes just drop down into the water. My dad had just brought a brand new 19ft bass boat..First time we took it out. We were on Dog Lake back in a cove. Cottonmouth dropped into the boat. Now keep in mind, damn near everyone carries a pistol down there. Especially when fishing or anywhere near the water. My dad had, on his hip, a Ruger .22Mag revolver. That snaked dropped into his brand new boat about two feet from him. Without a second thought, he pulled that pistol out and shot it...putting a hole right threw his boat. That's how mean those things are. He would rather but a hole in a brand new boat than deal with one of those. The hole was easily patched underneath with a little fiberglass no big deal. But yeah...that's my favorite snake story..