Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Cottonmouth


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Agkistrodon piscivorus
PROFILE:

Water moccasins, or cottonmouths, are a type of pit viper, meaning that they have small heat-sensing pits just above their mouths. They are venomous but rarely bite people and in the instances that they do, the bites are rarely fatal when medical attention is sought.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Reptile, Squamata (snakes and lizards); venomous
NATIVE TO:
North America: southeastern and midwestern United States; native to Texas
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern; however, listed as endangered in some states throughout its range.
DIET:
Piscivore (fish eater); although eats other types of invertebrates and vertebrates.
LIFESPAN:
Unknown in the wild
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary
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