Wild Florida Photo - Agkistrodon piscivorus - Florida cottonmouth

Agkistrodon piscivorus var. conanti

Florida cottonmouth
Water moccasin

Florida native

Collier Co. FL 12/19/03
Leon Co. FL 05/07/06
Collier Co. FL 12/19/03

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One of the characteristics that distinguish this snake from others in the genus are the dark dots inside the dark crossbands along the body and a wide dark cheek stripe. The two dark vertical stripes on the snout help identify this subspecies found throughout the state. The only part of Florida eastern cottonmouths are found is the extereme western panhandle. Older adults appear mostly black while juvenile FLORIDA COTTONMOUTH snakes resemble a copperhead in coloring.


Agkistrodon piscivorus is a member of the Viperidae - Vipers & Pit Vipers family.

Other species of the Agkistrodon genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Agkistrodon contortix - COPPERHEAD

Date record last modified: Aug 13, 2009

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