water moccasin


water moccasin
1. the cottonmouth.
2. any of various similar but harmless snakes, as a water snake of the genus Nerodia.
[1815-25, Amer.]

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Either of two species of pit viper that inhabits marshy lowlands of the southeastern U.S. and Mexico.

The U.S. species (Agkistrodon piscivorus) is called a cottonmouth because it threatens with the mouth open, showing the white interior. It is up to 5 ft (1.5 m) long and is completely black or brown with darker crossbands. A dangerous snake with a potentially lethal bite, it tends to stand its ground or move slowly away when alarmed. It will eat almost any small animal, including turtles, fishes, and birds. See also copperhead.

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