Western Cottonmouth

Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma

Description: These snakes are usually dark brown to gray in color with an average length of 2-3.5ft as adults. When these snake are threatened they open their mouth to show off the bright white skin inside their mouth from which they get their name.

Range: Cottonmouths are found in the United States as far north as Indiana and Illinois and south into Texas and Alabama with their range extending as far east as Tennessee and west into Nebraska.

Habitat: Usually found near some source of water such as swamps, lakes, and streams

Reproduction: Females give birth to 6-15 live young usually during August and September.

Diet: Mainly amphibians and fish and occasionally small mammals and birds.