The moccasin is mentioned in my book, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island. The main character, Nikki Landry, lives in the swampy bayous of Louisiana where these snakes like to live.
If you live in the deep south, you probably know to stay away from these critters that some people call cotton mouths or cotton mouth moccasins.
Which name is correct, water moccasin snake or cottonmouth? Let's see what the experts have to say.
Well, the name “water moccasin snake” is more or less a generic term used by rural
folks referring to any dark colored snake near the water. The name
“Cottonmouth” is the correct name accepted by herpetology. For the sake of
the rural folks.
Habitat: One thing common among
most venomous snakes is that they
don’t enjoy the presence of people.
With that, most venomous snakes tend
to seek out places that have the least
amount of human contact as possible.
Well, this snake is no
different, their optimal habitat consists
of marsh wet lands and other calm slow
moving streams, cypress swamps,
ponds and lakes. For the most part they stick to natural fixed bodies of water
with thick vegetation that provides an abundant source of food.
This range map, courtesy of USGS, shows the range of Cottonmouths.
You don't want to mess around with this full grown cottonmouth moccasin
Now just for fun, here's a recipe for the...
Add ice and ingredients in a shaker. Shake well until top becomes frosted. Then pour in a shot glass. Very smooth...
Credits:Cotton Mouth information: http://www.cottonmouthsnake.org/water-moccasin-snake/
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