A Florida cottonmouth snake
This 2005 photograph depicted an 'Florida cottonmouth' snake, Agkistrodon p. conanti. The cottonmouth is a large dark heavy-bodied snake that ranges throughout a large portion the southeastern United States. Cottonmouths are the largest snakes in the New World Agkistrodon species complex and are the only members of the group that are semiaquatic. Three distinct subspecies are currently recognized; the 'eastern', 'Florida', and 'western' cottonmouths. The Florida cottonmouth ranges from the southeastern extreme of South Carolina through coastal and southern Georgia, south throughout the state of Florida and west along the Gulf Coast to the eastern face of Mobile Bay in Alabama.
CDC / Edward J. Wozniak D.V.M.
June 11, 2012
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