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Cottonmouth

Agkistrodon piscivorus

Also known as a water moccasin!

The cottonmouth is one of six venomous species native to Florida.

About the Species

Not a rattlesnake, but has a sharp bite.

This snake may not have a rattle as a warning mechanism, but they will open their mouth wide to display their cotton-white mouth before striking.

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The cottonmouth's nickname, water moccasin, comes from its impressive ability to swim and dark brown or black coloring in its skin.

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Facts

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Origin

Southeastern United States

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Habitat

Marshes, lakes, swamps, streams, creeks, and ponds

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Size

2–6 feet long

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Diet

Small mammals, birds, baby alligators

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Predators

Birds of prey, alligators, alligator snapping turtle

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Natural Defenses

Venomous bite

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Reproduction

10 live young

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Status

Least Concern

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Life Expectancy

15–20 years

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