Also known as the water moccasin, the cottonmouth snake is a master ambush predator of southeastern Virginia’s wetlands and waterways. This guide covers identifying cottonmouths by appearance, range and habitat preferences, hunting and feeding behaviors, reproduction and growth, venom risks and bite treatment, and proper safety precautions.
We will overview key cottonmouth facts including their variable coloring, defensive postures like neck flattening, activity cycles, opportunistic diet, reproductive mating rituals, potent venom effects, and common myths. Detailed sections are dedicated to differentiating cottonmouths from lookalike species, appropriate responses if bitten, and professional snake removal services. Photos, maps, and diagrams illustrate key cottonmouth identification traits, habitats, and behaviors