The cottonmouth is one of six venomous species native to Florida.
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.
The cottonmouth's nickname, water moccasin, comes from its impressive ability to swim and dark brown or black coloring in its skin.
Southeastern United States
Marshes, lakes, swamps, streams, creeks, and ponds
2–6 feet long
Small mammals, birds, baby alligators
Birds of prey, alligators, alligator snapping turtle
10 live young