- 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.