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Cottonmouth snake

Cottonmouth Confusion

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Odds are that the snake you see in the water is not venomous.

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Photo of a cottonmouth snake in defensive posture.

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

A cottonmouth gapes its mouth open in a defensive posture, showing the white lining that is the origin of the common name.

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Cottonmouth snake

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

A cottonmouth gapes its mouth open in a defensive posture, showing the white lining that is the origin of the common name.

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A photo of a cottonmouth snake in defensive posture.

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

A photo of a cottonmouth snake in defensive posture.

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A photo of a cottonmouth snake in defensive posture.

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

A cottonmouth gapes its mouth open in a defensive posture, showing the white lining that is the origin of the common name.

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Western Cottonmouth

Video of a western cottonmouth in the wild.

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Image of a western cottonmouth

Western Cottonmouth

Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma
Many people mistakenly believe that any snake seen in or near the water is this venomous “water moccasin.” But there are seven species of nonvenomous, semi-aquatic snakes found in Missouri. Harmless watersnakes vastly outnumber the much-feared cottonmouths. All are protected by law.

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