Cottonmouth

Cottonmouth

Cottonmouth
Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Viperidae

Range

Southern and southeastern United States


Habitat

Aquatic areas, especially swamps and rice fields


Diet

Mainly fish and frogs; also small mammals and snakes

Length

20 to 74.5 in

Young

1 - 15

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Venomous
  • They inject a hemotoxic venom into their victims which breaks down and destroys blood cells and other tissues and reduces the ability of blood to coagulate or clot.
  • Total venom replacement actually requires no more than three weeks, even after being fully depleted.
  • Cottonmouths are primarily active at night, but they like to bask on logs and limbs during the day.
  • It gets its name from the white lining inside its mouth.
  • Also called a water moccasin.
  • It is the most abundant venomous snake in Louisiana.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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