Animal of the day – 4/5/2011 – The Cottonmouth Snake

Cotton Mouth Snake

The animal of the day is the Cottonmouth Snake aka the Water Moccasin. (Did you know: This is the only viper species that is aquatic [though only semi-aquatic]. Most other vipers are arboreal.

The name cotton mouth comes from it’s defensive stance in which it opens it’s mouth wide and bares it’s fangs. The white lining of it’s mouth apparently looks like cotton? I don’t think whoever named this really knows what cotton looks like.

You guys down in the southern swampy parts of North America would do well to read this.

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4 thoughts on “Animal of the day – 4/5/2011 – The Cottonmouth Snake

  1. wow its so freaky and weired and firce,its a cool snake and it is called the cotton mouth snake because the intierier of the mouth is wite. =)

  2. Rarely will this snake ever back away from a fight (or seek an out route). They are vicious and best avoided. Hope you see it 1st before it sees you.

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