Cottonmouth (aka Water Moccasin) - click to enlarge

Cottonmouth (aka Water Moccasin)

Bumped into him a week ago crossing an old roadway that runs between swamp land. In the woods I might have never noticed him, they blend in perfectly.

Cottonmouth (aka Water Moccasin) - click to enlarge
Cottonmouth (aka Water Moccasin) – click to enlarge

“..Much like the copperhead, cottonmouths belong to a family of snakes known as pit vipers, all of which share the same wedge-shaped head and catlike eyes seen in the copperhead. Cottonmouths are semi-aquatic, meaning they can swim and prefer moist or wet living conditions.

Cottonmouths have large venom-filled jowls. They vary in color from a brightly colored mix of browns and yellows to solid brown or black. Older cottonmouths tend to be less colorful…” (DNR).

Cottonmouth (aka Water Moccasin) - click to enlarge
Cottonmouth (aka Water Moccasin) – click to enlarge
Cottonmouth (aka Water Moccasin) - click to enlarge
Cottonmouth (aka Water Moccasin) – click to enlarge

I took these shoots and the snake went on his way.

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