Cottonmouths (Cotton Mouth Snake)
The Cottonmouth snake is related to the copperhead
but more dangerous. Venom is highly toxic with severe tissue
destruction. Bites are fairly frequent in the southern United
States. Color dark or nearly black, especially in adult of the species.
There is a clear difference in the appearance of adult cottonmouths and juvenile
snakes of the species. Click on the images to see pictures of the adult
and young cottonmouth (or water moccasin,) and their range.
Average length 3½ feet, maximum length 6 feet.
Adult snake picture: cottonmouth
Young snake: cottonmouth
Our thanks and gratitude to Dr. Andrew Kouloulis,
noted herpetologist, for permission to use his research and pictures provided on
these pages. Information taken from Dr. Kouloulis' Poisonous Snake Chart.
Poisonous Snake Index
Poisonous Snake Pictures