• Average size:  20-48 inches; Record 74.5 inches.  Young are 10-13 inches at
    birth.  Click Here
  • Range:  Throughout Florida.
  • Diet:  Fish, frogs, lizards, snakes, small turtles, salamanders, baby alligators,
    small mammals and birds.
  • Status:  Fairly common but not often encountered.  Found along most
    waterways including lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, road side ditches, etc.  I
    think you get the picture, just about anywhere there is water.
  • Closely resembles the more common non-venomous Water Snakes.  Most
    people think that when they see a snake near a waterway they're seeing a
    Water Moccasin (another name for the Cottonmouth).  However, in many
    cases they're seeing one of the more common water snake species.
  • Cottonmouth bites can be very dangerous.  The victim must seek immediate
    care at a hospital or doctor with snake bite treatment experience.

Florida Backyard Snakes
The above pair was taken at Payne's Prairie, Gainesville late
spring 2005.  Cottonmouths were everywhere.  It was the highest
concentration that I have ever seen
in one place .  Great photo
Florida Cottonmouth & Eastern Cottonmouth
(Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti)                (Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus)
Gray area - Eastern Cottonmouth
In black Florida Cottonmouth
Eastern Cottonmouth
Florida Cottonmouth
holding its ground

showing the white
interior of its mouth.
Florida Cottonmouth
Juvenile Cottonmouths are sometimes confused for Southern Copperheads, which lives in a limited range in the Florida Panhandle.
Cottonmouth can be well
camouflage, often hanging out
in areas of dense vegetation
and debris near water. These
areas of debris will often have
more th
an one hiding out.