Typical adult length: 3 feet
Habitat: Prefers freshwater but can also be found on land
Defenses used: camouflaging, fleeing, opening the mouth widely, flattening the body to appear bigger, vibrating the tail, releasing musk
Bite severity: The bite severity of the cottonmouth is similar to the copperhead. Bites from either of these snakes can be severe but generally not as severe as other NC snakes.
Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for snakebite treatment advice or for questions about the venomous snakes in our area.