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Water Moccasin The water moccasin also known as moccasin snake and cottonmouth called this because when it is threatened it throws back its head and shows its white-lined mouth as a warning signal swamp adder gapper trap jaw water moccasin and low land moccasin Trap jaw water moccasin and cottonmouth are the more common names for it Belonging to the family Viperidae it is Agkistrodon piscivorus phylum Chordata subphylum Vertebrata class Reptilia order Squamata family Crotalidae lives in the southeastern United States of a line running from Cape Charles Virginia to the middle of the Alabama-Georgia border then to southern Illinois and from there to where the Pecos River and the Rio Grande meet in Texas The specific epithet piscivorus means fish eater but water moccasins are also fond of frogs mammals and other snakes it eats both cold blooded and warm blooded animals The water moccasin is aquatic and is at home near or in the water Its relative the Copperhead is most often found away from water and in woodland habitats Although it may be commonly seen in lakes and ponds areas where human are few human deaths are recorded Baby water moccasins often look a lot different than their parents because they have a pattern of black cross bands over a tangray background These babies also have a bright yellow tail used for luring small prey within striking distance this color is lost as the snakes mature The young are born live in late summer and early fall The number per litter averages five snakes with the snakes measuring sex to eleven inches The water moccasin is a very venomous snake a pit viper it has a pit in the side of its head below the eyes and the nostril and some non-venomous water snakes have a broad head too but lack the pit Water moccasins can grow to over five feet long though most are only 3 feet They have
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