Florida Snake Identification Key

Cottonmouth, Florida Cottonmouth, Moccasin, Water Moccasin

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cotton05.jpgScientific name: Agkistrodon piscivorus (LACÉPÈDE 1789)

The following 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.

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Cheek stripe is distinct, 2 vertical dark marks on tip of snout; Florida, south Georgia, and southeast Alabama.

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Your snake could be a Florida Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti.

Cheek stripe is not well defined, snout tip lacks vertical markings; the extreme western panhandle of Florida, north and east through Alabama to central Georgia and Virginia.

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Your snake could be an Eastern Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus.

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