Florida Cottonmouth & Eastern Cottonmouth

Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti & Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus

Average size:  20-48 inches; Record 74.5 inches.  Young are 10-13 inches at birth.

Range:  Throughout Florida.

Diet:  Fish, frogs, lizards, snakes, small turtles, salamanders, baby alligators, small mammals and birds.

Status:  Fairly common.  Found along most waterways including lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, road side ditches, etc.  I think you get the picture, just about anywhere there is water.  

Closely resembles the more common non-venomous Water Snakes.  Most people think that when they see a snake near a waterway, they're seeing a Water Moccasin (another name for the Cottonmouth).  However, in many cases they're seeing one of the more common water snake species.

Cottonmouth bites have the potential to be very dangerous.  The victim must seek immediate care at a hospital or doctor with snake bite treatment experience.


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