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Cottonmouth Snake Facts

February 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 145

The cottonmouth snake aka water moccasin which belongs to the Agkistrodon family, along with the copperhead is one of the most feared and respected venomous snakes in the United States. In this quick article we'll cover 8 facts you may or may not know about the cottonmouth.

They are the only semi-aquatic viper on the face of the earth. You'll also notice that they have keeled scales to assist with life in the water. Though they are known to remain predominantly in deep rural areas of wet land, here recently in places like Miami, Fl they are being located closer and closer to establish neighborhoods and businesses as their natural habitats are being developed into residential and commercial properties. These animals have a natural range from as far north as Indiana and Illinois with the western subspecies, to all the way down south in Miami, Florida with the Florida subspecies. The eastern subspecies can be found along the coast of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and even into southern Virginia. Gives birth to live bearing young that are equally as venomous as the adults. Although, they are equally as venomous they don't pack the punch that a 6' plus adult carries because adults have much larger venom glands which enables them to eject much larger quantities of venom if necessary. Neonate cottonmouths look nearly identical to neonate copperheads. Neonate (baby snake) cottonmouth and copperheads have very bright vibrant colors of yellow, orange, brown and black along with a very bright colored tail that almost appears to glow. This extremely bright colored tail is used as a lured to attract would be prey items while they lie and wait in an ambush position on the forest floor. Can be identified by the manner in which they swim. Cottonmouths swim with the majority of their bodies above the water, while non-venomous water snakes swim nearly submerged. That being because cottonmouths are much more bayonet that the non-venomous water snakes. Have an elliptical pupil opposed to an oval pupil like the non-venomous water snakes of the United States. They also have a much more triangular head than the non-venomous water snakes which can help with identification as well. They are territorial and often investigate disturbances in their area. They are even reports of them swimming out to boats on the water. Their venom contains hemotoxins which similar to their cousins the copperhead and rattlesnake. Hemotoxic venom attacks blood, muscle and tissue cells.

To learn more about cottonmouth idenitifaction, habitat, venom and natural history please visit my website at this link Cottonmouth Snake. You'll also enjoy the gallery of images. See you there!

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