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Western Cottonmouth

Western Cottonmouth
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Copyright: Moctezuma TX (moctezuma) (41)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-26
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D5000, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-27 20:02
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Points: 2
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Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)

This is a dark and venomous snake. When frightened, the cottonmouth will pop its mouth open. The skin inside its mouth is bright white-and the reason it is called "cottonmouth." Most adults average 30-42 inches (76-106.7 cm) long.

Cottonmouths eat other snakes, including their own kind. The only time more than one cottonmouth would be in the same place at the same time is: 1) mating season, 2) female giving birth, or 3) one cottonmouth is eating another.


Habitat: Western cottonmouths prefer lowland swamps, lakes, rivers, sloughs, irrigation ditches, rice fields and salt marshes, but are not confined to living in moist habitats.

How did I find it?

I was walking at Brazos Bend yesterday morning and I was looking up for a woodpecker when I almost stepped on this snake. I didn't know if it was or not venomous at that moment.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-03-27 20:15]

Hello Moctezuma,
A great shot of this Cottonmouth taken from an attractive low POV. You must have been lying on your belly to get such a neat angle. It was a good thing you looked down before you stepped on him. Beautiful coloration and just the right exposure!!

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