Cottonmouth Snake at Monroe Station

Cottonmouth Snake at Monroe Station


This photograph of a Cottonmouth Snake was taken at Monroe Station Loop Road using an Olympus SP590UZ.


Cottonmouth Trivia:

Agkistrodon piscivorus is a venomous snake, a species of pit viper, found in the eastern United States. Adults are large and capable of delivering a painful and potentially fatal bite, but are not normally aggressive.  This is the world’s only semi-aquatic viper, usually found in or near water, particularly in slow-moving and shallow lakes, streams, and marshes. The snake is a strong swimmer and will even enter the sea, successfully colonizing islands off both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The common names for the species include variants on water moccasin, swamp moccasin or black moccasin; viper, cottonmouth and rattler. Many of the common names refer to the threat display, where this species will often stand its ground and gape at an intruder, exposing the white lining of its mouth.

The diet consists mainly of fish and frogs, but is otherwise highly varied and, uniquely, has even been reported to include carrion. The specific name is derived from the Latin words piscis and voro, which mean “fish” and “to eat”.

Subject Photo exif Data

  • Aperture - ƒ/5
  • Camera - SP590UZ
  • Date Created - November 1, 2009, 6:11 pm
  • Focal length - 119.6mm
  • Iso - 100
  • Shutter speed - 1/200
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  1. KenF23 says:

    Cool wildlife photo

  2. Janice.Wolf says:

    Fantastic ix!

  3. Andy.Hurvitz says:

    Fantastic pix!

  4. Howard Glatter says:

    ain't he a deadly viper??

  5. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Yup, a viper, water moccasin, cottonmouth. Whatever you want to call it, it IS venomous and I was way too close!

  6. Howard Glatter says:

    carry a snakebite kit, you meshugener

  7. Alan S. Hochman says:

    An excellent point!

  8. Gerri says:

    You are absolutely CRAZY!!!!

  9. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Tell me something I don’t already know

  10. Stephen.Gold says:

    Alan, you take great pictures

  11. PhotoGurl says:

    Stunning photography

  12. Steven Scott says:

    Great photo. I really admire your work. Thanks for sharing on your blog.

  13. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Thank you Steven for viewing!

  14. Again – kudos on an excellent pic, those pit vipers are awesome. We have no true vipers/adders here in Australia, even our so called ‘death’ adder is actually an Elapid, but we have some big bruisers in that family – Taipan anyone lol …

  15. GginaINA CHRONOWICZ says:

    Great photograph!

  16. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Thank you! 🙂

  17. Nikki Willis says:

    An absolutely beautiful beast! and what’s life without a few risks? :p perfect pic!

  18. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Thank you Nikki

  19. Marion says:

    Fantastic pictures. Love this. Thank you!

  20. Alan S. Hochman says:

    I thank you!


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