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The cottonmouth mouth has a white coloration inside. & BLEM, L.B.

Here are three tips that will help you distinguish whether a snake is a Cottonmouth or a Water snake: However, as a reader pointed out, Water snakes sometimes flatten their head so it appears to look triangular. This is why its name is cotton mouth.

The non-fish, vertebrate diet of sympatric populations of the cottonmouth Agkistrodon piscivorus and Northern Watersnake Nerodia sipedon Herpetological Review 35(2) pp.

Cottonmouth snakes forage by ambushing, actively searching for, and hunting their prey.

The term Cottonmouth is derived from the fact that this snake will open, or gape, it's mouth when threatened. bÀz†h.û_iQÉ�9s))$9PüD`¡!ø„PZ(…Q�üR­À~ CĞ�ÁT*B°Y éO„ €f€H€Y9Ì°�R ãX DeC—¨I“Ú“ @l À& ‰ 7 ÀPwÀX—†–Vˆé(Lİ‚0¨‚ÀpH€7É¥¨€šbCŠq2 E@—�\L p¦*¨–âeˆAÄ(—" 2. Its eggs hatches inside the females body so that they give live birth. They are located in the upper jaw and are twice the length of the teeth and separate from them.The fangs are hollow tubes through which venom can be injected into prey. The Eastern Cottonmouth The fangs of a cottonmouth are truly a wonder. Males typically fight one another for the right to mate with the females. These weapons fold against the roof of the mouth when closed. 119-124 eastern cottonmouth [Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus] Östliche Wassermokassinotter {f} zool. The Eastern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon Piscivorus) at the northern edge of its range Journal of Herpetology 29(3) pp.

161 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<46FAE015554314193CF755E56215A509><38A07B0F9B5FD44888053FD57146DE11>]/Index[90 115]/Info 89 0 R/Length 207/Prev 151591/Root 91 0 R/Size 205/Type/XRef/W[1 3 1]>>stream Males are known to perform a combat dance. Photo by John White. ë@8@À0ŠÊğ8+�⨊Î+� h>+B@ÒÄ*¸ä9‡B€è:�øğ0�#`f†Aøô=ˆ!ë* †#à`´­&I² € Ãè�†‚? The Eastern Cottonmouth, often called a Water Moccasin, is a heavy, thick-bodied snake. One interesting fact about identifying the difference between the harmless water snakes and the venomous cottonmouth is the Cottonmouths ability to float more readily than the harmless water snakes.

Cottonmouth snakes have broad flat heads, whereas Water snakes (Nerodia) have rounded heads.

When standing its ground, this species will coil, slowly vibrate its tail, and open its mouth wide to show the white inside. While the mouth is open a white lining that covers the inside of the mouth is exposed, this peculiar method of frightening predators is specific to this snake. The bands are often difficult to see, and the snake's body may appears to be completely black. ƒ‚€`€4*†�@`T* �¡°àp4 This is the world's only semiaquatic viper, usually found in or near water, particularly in slow-moving and shallow lakes, streams, and marshes.

Use caution when approaching wild snakes. 123 (2004) Journal of Zoology 271(2) pp.