- a venomous snake, Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon) piscivorus, of swamps in southeastern U.S., that grows to about 4 feet (1.2 meters).
Origin of cottonmouth
Also called water moccasin.
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In getting ashore I landed right beside a cottonmouth moccasin snake, said to be as poisonous as a rattlesnake.
When he threw it down a cottonmouth moccasin crawled out of a hole in it.
The named, American kinds of Agkistrodon currently are arranged as three species: the copperhead, the cantil and the cottonmouth.
All are of late Pleistocene Age and well within the present geographic range of the cottonmouth.
Food is obtained by a variety of methods depending on the type of food, age of the cottonmouth, and possibly other factors.
- another name for the water moccasin
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