I chose copperhead due to their aggressive nature. Rattlers offer a warning before they strike and cottonmouths, despite their nasty reputation aren't very aggressive. In fact, up to half the time a cottonmouth is stepped on they don't strike. This is nice
statistic to recall when fear visits the dark recesses of your mind because you're prodding through swamp/marsh terrain where it's impossible to see what you're stepping on. At least that's what I kept telling myself all that weekend in S.C. I somehow managed
not to get my @@@ snake bitten.
*edit* Manaconda? I like it. I now have a new nickname which my wife can call me. ;-)