• 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 in one place that I have ever seen.  Great photo
Florida Cottonmouth & Eastern Cottonmouth
(Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti)                (Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus)
In gray Eastern Cottonmouth
In black Florida Cottonmouth
Eastern Cottonmouth
Florida Cottonmouth
holding it's ground
showing the white interior
of it's mouth.
That's where it gets its
name from.
Florida Cottonmouth
Juvenile Cottonmouths sometimes confused for a Southern Copperhead, which lives in a limited range in the panhandle in FL.
Cottonmouths can be well
. Often hanging out in
areas of dense vegetation and
debris near water. These areas of
debris will often have more th
one hiding out.