I was out walking the dogs around a lake today.. Saw a few birds fly into a bay and noticed them go back past the shore. I followed and found a beaver pond I was un aware of.. I walked around it and walked out to a small point... I turned around and about stumbled and about that time I noticed a medium sized cottonmouth coiled up right about in the direction I was headed/falling. I managed to catch myself but that does get your attention! I had nothing but a long handled trappers trowel. I caught myself and looked around to make sure the dogs were not close... I decided to side step to the left to get around it and damned if there wasn't a grey one that was bigger then the first about five feet away. Then I spotted the third one, a smaller black one..... and was wondering about the ones I had missed? I stepped between them and watched like heck as I eased out of there before getting the dogs headed away as well. I have seen several cottonmouths over the years but never that close underfoot nor that many in one spot. I assume it must be breeding season? But after watching a video or two maybe water moccasins are over rated as aggressive? What's your experience?