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Cottonmouth, Florida Cottonmouth, Moccasin, Water Moccasin

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cottonmouth

cottonmouth

Scientific name: Agkistrodon piscivorus (LACÉPÈDE 1789)

Description: The following key will separate the two Cottonmouths found in Florida. If you are unable to distinguish between them based on the characteristics in the key below, you probably can do so using the geographic location alone.

1a Cheek stripe distinct, 2 vertical dark marks on tip of snout; Florida, south Georgia, and southeast Alabama Florida Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti
1b Cheek stripe not well defined, snout tip lacks vertical markings; the extreme western panhandle of Florida, north and east through Alabama to central Georgia and Virginia. Eastern Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus

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