Today I want to write about a really cool snake called the cottonmouth.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These guys are the world’s only species of aquatic viper and can grow up to 180 cm in length.
- Cottonmouths get their name from their white mouth that they display when threatened.
- They are ambush predators, hiding in wait for fish, frogs, small mammals and small birds. They strike quickly, injecting their venom and then waiting for their prey to die before swallowing them whole.
- At breeding times, females give birth to up to 16 live young, each measuring about 20 cm long and fully venomous. Young cottonmouths have a yellow tip on their tail that they use as a lure that they wiggle like a worm to attract prey.
- Cottonmouths are common throughout the south-eastern United States and can be found in rivers, streams, ponds and marshes.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about cottonmouths?