cotton mouth pit viper ready to bite

Water Moccasins/Cottonmouths

Poisonous snakes

There are many kinds of harmless water snakes. But these water snakes are not harmless.

Water Moccasins. Cottonmouths. Black Moccasins. Black Snake. Congo. Water viper. Stub tail. Water lion. Water pilot. Gaper. Pit viper.

cottonmouth snake ready to bite up close
 

All these names are for the same water snake reptile that you need to be aware of…or suffer the consequences. The water snake bite is venomous and sometimes people die from it.

Water Moccasins or cottonmouths bite and inject venom that does great harm to he or she that gets bitten. Because this pit viper often just bears his fangs and shows his white mouth, the name cottonmouth has described it for a very long time.

These snakes are pit vipers and spend a lot of their time in the water eating frogs and fish. Alligators and turtles eat them.

HOW TO GET RID OF A COTTONMOUTH or
HOW DO YOU PREVENT A SNAKE BITE:

  • LET THE COTTON MOUTH ESCAPE: Water moccasins are not real aggressive. But you should let these pit vipers retreat because the water viper will strike if no other option is available to it. Seek medical attention promptly if it bites you as its venom is quick toxic and does significant skin damage and in some cases is fatal.
  • Cottonmouths tend only to bite when grasped and lifted…but you need to show great respect to these reptiles. It is best to let them escape into the water.

Have a snake that will not leave? Seriously consider calling for a professional pest control expert.