• Average size:  20-48 inches; Record 74.5 inches.  Young are 10-13 inches at
  • Range:  Throughout Florida.
  • Diet:  Fish, frogs, lizards, snakes, small turtles, salamanders, baby alligators,
    small mammals and birds.
  • Status:  Fairly common.  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
Florida Cottonmouth & Eastern Cottonmouth
(Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti)                (Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus)
Gray area - Eastern Cottonmouth
Black area - Florida Cottonmouth
Eastern Cottonmouth
Florida Cottonmouth holding its ground showing the white interior of its
Florida Cottonmouth
Juvenile Cottonmouths are sometimes confused for
Southern Copperheads, which lives in a limited range in the
Florida Panhandle.
A 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 than one hiding out.
 Can you spot the one in this photo?