7 thoughts on “Cottonmouth Snake Florida

  1. That is actually a banded water snake, not a cottonmouth. You can clearly see the rounded pupil, the shape of the head and the big fat neck. Banded water snakes live in the same environments as cottonmouths and can mimic their behavior, even going as far as flattening their head into a triangular shape in order to fool potential predators into believing they are the venomous cottonmouth when in reality they are completely harmless. They also seem to be better climbers than cottonmouths, which is probably why you spotted it in those branches rather than on the ground.
    Here’s a great resource for further reading on comparisons between the two species: http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/water_moccasin_watersnake_comparison.shtml

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