Cottonmouth

Agkistrodon Piscivorus

Wetlands

Area of land where the soil near the surface is saturated or covered with water, especially one that forms a habitat for wildlife

How do people protect wetlands?

There are many things that are currrently happening to protect wetlands. The federal government is enacting new laws to regulate activity in wetlands. Also, partnerships to manage whole watersheds have developed among federal, state, tribal, and local governments; nonprofit organizations; and private landowners to protect wetlands. The governemnt is letting responsible people buy wetlands to help protect it.

Cottonmouth Habitat and Birth

Cottonmouths live in the marshy wetlands of the south. This includes mostly Florida and Louisiana. Their alternate name, the Water Moccasin, shows that they are semi-aquatic, which means they spend the majority of their live in and near the water. They are different than most snakes in that they don't hatch eggs, they give live birth.

Why the "Cottonmouth?"

The Cottonmouth is called the Cottonmouth because when the snake is defensive or being aggressive, it coils up on the ground and opens it mouth and exposed its fangs. When it does this, the inner part of his mouth is very white, hence the name Cottonmouth. This is a sign for other animals that it is a venomous snake and to stay away.

Venomous!

The Cottonmouth is venomous snake that has hemotoxic venom. Hemotoxic venom radically attacks blood and tissue cells causing traumatic damage to the area which received the bite.

Overview

The Cottonmouth is one of the most feared snakes in the world. Other than most snakes, when it is angered, it does't scurry away, it stands its ground. A Cottonmouth bite will result in tissue damage and possible death if not treated properly. The Cottonmouth is one of the most feared and interesting snakes on the planet, and it habits our wetlands in the south.

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