Cotton-mouth Snake


Common name : Water moccasin, Swamp moccasin, Black moccasin

Scientific name : Agkistrodon piscivorus

Family : Viperidae

Native to : North America

Interesting fact : Baby cotton-mouths catch prey by wiggling their brightly coloured tail tips which little frogs mistake for worms.

Conservation status : Least Concern

This venomous water snake will gape its mouth open showing its cotton white lining. Active by night, they bask in the sun during the day. Heat-sensing pits on the heads help locate prey for striking. Found in rivers, swamps and marshes they float with their heads out. Babies hatch from eggs inside the mother before being laid.

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