An introduction to water moccasin

The inside of the mouth is very white, hence the name Water Moccasin. Several species of snakes exist that are easily confused with the water moccasin, mostly various species of water snakes. When you see one that is very dark in color and no bands it can indicate you are looking at a much older type of Water Moccasin Snake.

Water moccasins stand their ground, gaping their wide mouths to discourage predators. However, the risk of an infection is very great. Older adults are often much darker -- almost solid black. Not picky eaters like other snakes, cottonmouths consume a wide range of animals: Cottonmouths are also immune to their own venom and that of other cottonmouths and will prey on each other if other food sources are not readily available.

The eyes are close to the front of the head and have slit pupils. Viernum described another interesting characteristic of juvenile cottonmouths. Baril said snakes can be found anywhere there is water, but most choose to avoid humans.

The body is slightly triangular with a wide, flat belly and peaked spine. It is not known whether the water moccasin colonies found in Livingston County, Missouri, in arrived there naturally or if someone introduced them. The Water Moccasin is a carnivore and will eat anything that it can overpower whether it is warm or cold blooded.

This is a great example of the fact that the Cottonmouth has voluntary control over whether the fangs are erect or not when its mouth is opened. According to the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, they can be seen year-round, both during the day and at night, but they primarily hunt after dark, especially in the summer.

It eats both warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals. They are one of several species in North America that give live birth. These harmless animals are killed by the thousands every year for fear of a lethal bite they do not possess.


They can give a bite that is very painful and it could be deadly in extreme cases. Identifying Features of the Water Moccasin Nature provides exceptions to every rule, and when subspecies breed, variations in color and identifying features can change. They have a rim on the top of the head that protrudes over the mouth.

The broad banded water snake is a great mimic of the moccasin and can even be found basking alongside the venomous snake on logs overhanging the water. That distinctive body keeps the moccasin almost completely on top of the water. The female Water Moccasin will have a gestational period of three to four months.

Water Mocassins can reach up to 4 feet long but can grow up to 6 feet long if there is a lot of food available. Cottonmouths also have a triangular head, and nonvenomous snakes have a more slender, elliptical head shape," she said. The color of the Water Moccasin is a dark greenish brown color almost black with a pale belly.

The yellow tail is used to attract food. The inside of the mouth looks like white cotton, which is where the cottonmouth gets its name.

Water Moccasin Snake

About The Water Moccasin The cottonmouth or water moccasin is a venomous snake belonging to the pit viper family. Water snakes have long tapered heads that blend seamlessly into their bodies — and there are no heat-sensing pits below and between the eyes and the nose.

The best way to get rid of Water Moccasins is to simply leave them alone. This is a semi aquatic type of viper and it will look for food in the water. The eastern cottonmouth ranges from the Carolinas and Georgia to southeastern Virginia.

As they age, they get darker and darker, until by the time they are foot adults, they look like dull black slugs. Some may grow to 4 or 5 feet in length, and on occasion may exceed 5.

They can also try to make themselves look bigger by flattening their bodies out and coiling a bit near the head. Here are a few examples. Though similar in size, shape and coloration, the broad banded water snake has round pupils, an oval head, and vertical lines that run down both sides of its face along the jaws.

Habitat — The Preferred Home of the Water Moccasin While cottonmouths do not require water to live, they prefer to live near freshwater habitats because of the foods they consume.The water moccasin, North America's only venomous water snake, has a distinctive blocky, triangular head; a thick body; and a dangerous bite.

Water moccasins rarely bite humans, however, and only attack when threatened. Dealing with Snakes in Residential Areas Introduction (to the series) Identifying Commonly Encountered Snakes; Preventing Encounters; Emergency Planning; Dealing with Venomous Snakes in Schoolyards habitats where they are commonly found, what they eat, and more.

This portable, durable, water-resistant guide is an essential reference to. water moccasin or cottonmouth, highly venomous snake [1], Ancistrodon piscivorus, of the swamps and bayous of the S United States [2]. Like the closely related copperhead, it is a pit viper [3] and has a heat-sensitive organ for detecting warm-blooded prey.

The young are born live. Ina farmer in Boulder, Colorado, introduced a water moccasin into the areas around his land to help scare off fisherman. A cottonmouth specimen found in Massachusetts in probably showed up in the state because someone freed a "pet" water moccasin, or it escaped into the region from captivity.

LARGE, BLOCKY HEADS: Venomous Water Moccasins have large, blocky heads and their necks are distinctly narrower than their heads. This venomous Water Moccasin has an obviously thick, (top to bottom) blocky head. The nickname "water moccasin" stems from the fact that these snakes are semi-aquatic and known to sneak up silently on their prey.

Mammals That Prey On Water Moccasins Dogs, cats, raccoons, wild pigs and other mammals occasionally prey on the water moccasin, but the most common mammalian predator of a water moccasin is the opossum.

An introduction to water moccasin
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