The Water Moccasin (Agkistrodon piscivorus) also called the Cottonmouth is a venomous pit viper species native to the Southeastern United States. The average adult length is around 3 feet.

Main Characteristics

The Water Moccasin is a
very thick snake. It's head is triangular shaped because of its large venom glands. Colorations are different.


The Water Moccasin's venom has nearly 50 components. It does contain some deadly hemotoxins though.


The Water Moccasin feeds on mammals, birds, amphibians, fish, snakes, small turtles and small alligators


The venomous Water Moccasin is sometimes mimicked for harmless non-venomous water snakes. A way to distinguish them is that the Water Moccasin has a large triangular head because of its large venom glands and water snakes do not.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Subfamily: Crotalinae
Genus: Agkistrodon
Species: A. piscivorus