Cottonmouth - Click To Enlarge

Cottonmouth In Palm Fronds

Beautiful, but don’t touch. This is the world’s only semi-aquatic viper. They will grow to be 26 – 35 inches (65 – 90 cm), in the eastern US they can be up to 71 inches (180 cm).

Cottonmouth - Click To Enlarge
Cottonmouth – Click To Enlarge

Although poisonous, deaths are rare, however bites can leave scars, and on occasion, require amputation.  Again, don’t touch.

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Cottonmouth – Click To Enlarge

This snake was in a very large and flowing swamp. The underwater palm gave him a place to rest.

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Cottonmouth – Click To Enlarge

I was not very close (see above) so actual size is hard to guess. It was probably medium size, maybe 3 feet.

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Cottonmouth – Click To Enlarge

The Cottonmouth has been the most common snake we see when out. It might have something to do with walking in swamps often, however I had thought other species would be more common.

Actually I would prefer other species be more common.

 

 

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