Water moccasin snakes, commonly referred to as cottonmouths, are found throughout the Southeastern United States. They are primarily found from Virginia, down to Florida and across to eastern Texas.Continue Reading
Though they can be found in fields, water moccasins usually reside in, along or near bodies of water. These snakes prefer streams, ponds, swamps, marshes and drainage ditches.
They typically spend their days basking in the sun on rocks or branches along bodies of water. Cottonmouths do this because they must maintain high body temperatures in order to efficiently digest food. They are most active at night while they are hunting. These snakes are usually not aggressive unless threatened.Learn more about Snakes
To identify a water moccasin, examine the snake's body size and length, color and facial features. Water moccasins are thick snakes with angular heads and pits between the eyes. The snakes swim with their bodies on top of the water and vary in color.Full Answer >
A water moccasin has a big triangular-shaped head, narrow neck, pale snout, “cat-eye” pupils, a dark stripe adjacent to the nostrils, and white coloring inside the mouth. Juveniles have yellow tail tips, while young adults and juveniles both have dark body bands.Full Answer >
Although king snakes and rattlesnakes are both common inhabitants of the southwest United States, these two species of snakes are very different. King snakes, although some species may superficially resemble coral snakes, are not venomous and are most known for feeding on other snakes. The rattlesnake is one of only four species of venomous snakes in the United States and can be deadly to humans.Full Answer >
Keep snakes away naturally by removing their food and water sources, eliminating their potential dwelling spots and maintaining a yard that's inhospitable to them. Clean up clutter, and cut the grass, as snakes prefer cool, dark places, such as wood piles, compost piles and leaf piles, to sleep in.Full Answer >