Water moccasins are commonly found in swamps.
A water moccasin, Agkistrodon piscivorus, is a venomous snake considered to be highly aggressive and native to the southern United States. As the name implies, the water moccasin lives near water and can swim extremely well. This classification of snake has a variety of common names such as viper, cottonmouth and swamp moccasin. In an effort to scare away intruders, a water moccasin will use its curled up body to stand up and display its large fangs. This swimmer’s strength is so great that it can even swim across oceans to inhabit islands.
Water moccasins are venomous snakes found near water, especially in the southern United States.
Although they are perfectly capable of swimming in the ocean, aquatic moccasins prefer slow moving waters such as small lakes, swamps, swamps and streams. This type of environment allows easy access to the snakes’ main food sources: fish, frogs and small rodents. The water moccasin can even enjoy a meal made from another snake, given the right size and situation. The average size of a water moccasin is about 31 inches (80 cm) in length, but the snake can grow up to 71 inches (180 cm) in length. The water moccasin is very aerodynamic, with a head that protrudes slightly beyond the mouth and a strong, heavy build throughout.
The water moccasin is usually black, with the exception of the markings on its head, but there are some that are brown, grey, beige or olive green. The snake’s main color is further defined by staggered color bands over the body in dark brown, almost black colors. The snake’s underside is typically a light color such as yellow, white or light brown with dark spots. As the snake ages, the bands fade, leaving an almost solid, dark color of olive brown, black, or greyish-brown.
When the water moccasin is young, it will have well-defined markings and a yellow-tipped tail. The marks can even be a chestnut or reddish brown color. Similar in appearance to the copper-headed snake, the juvenile water moccasin has the distinction of broad stripes that run along the head, running from the eyes. The copper-headed snake has a dark line that divides the head from the body. The two snakes can be easily confused without much attention to detail.