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The increased encroachment of humans into natural areas is typically viewed as stressful for many wildlife species. A common stress response of many animals, including snakes, is the elevated release of the adrenal hormone, corticosterone. To test whether human encounters elicited a stress response in snakes, we monitored the levels of circulating corticosterone in free-ranging Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) during staged interactions. When exposed to a high-level disturbance (i.e.,doi:10.1670/08-123r1.1 fatcat:hatg7b7mgze3zpq2xovusjavbu