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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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- [2011-03-27 20:15]
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!!