Cottonmouth Snake Facts

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For the 6th writing, I have decided to list five facts about cottonmouth snakes or Agkistrodon piscivorus. The cottonmouth snake is the only venomous water snake in North America, when bitten the bite leads to painful and potentially fatal effects although they barely bite humans. The cottonmouth snake has various names such as the water moccasin, black moccasin, gaper, mangrove rattler, snap jaw, stub-tail snake, swamp lion, trap jaw, water mamba and water pilot but the name ‘cottonmouth’ comes from the white coloration around and inside the snake’s mouth. Cottonmouth snakes are a type of pit vipers, which means they have heat-sensing pits between the eyes and nostrils, according to the website “” These pits allow the snake
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