Cottonmouth snakes are the only venomous water snake in North America and are part of the pit viper family that includes rattlesnakes, mamushi vipers, and more. Baby cottonmouths are as dangerous as their parents and learning how to identify them is an essential skill. Especially for people who live in regions where the cottonmouth is prevalent. Agkistrodon piscivorus Also known as the water moccasin, the cottonmouth derives its common name from the white color of the inside of its mouth, which is revealed when the snake gapes to defend itself. Two species of the genus Agkistrodonoccur in the United States, the cottonmouth and the copperhead (A. contortrix). Both occur in North Carolina.
The average adult Florida cottonmouth is inches ( cm) in total length. This snake is heavy bodied with a pattern of light brown and dark brown crossbands containing many dark spots and speckles. The pattern darkens with age so adults may become uniformly black. The eye is camouflaged by a broad, dark, facial stripe. One of the primary reasons that people call the water moccasin a cottonmouth, is simply because of the skin on the inside of the mouth. Cottonmouths have white-colored skin on the inside of their mouths, and when they bare their fangs before .
"The name 'cottonmouth' comes from the white coloration of the inside of the snake's mouth," she said. Other local names include black moccasin, gaper, . When you are experiencing cottonmouth, your body isn't producing enough saliva. Cottonmouth can be a temporary situation, brought on by nerves or excitement, or it can be an ongoing issue, caused by certain medical conditions or by some types of medications or illegal drugs.