A cottonmouth, or water moccasin, the world's only semiaquatic viper. The name, cottonmouth, refers to its threat display, where it will often stand its ground and gape at an intruder, exposing the white lining of its mouth. Cottonmouths are common to creeks, streams, marshes, swamps, and the shores of ponds and lakes throughout the southeastern United States. This snake was floating in a canal in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, in Dare County, NC, near the Outer Banks.
May 14th, 2018
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