cot·ton·mouth | \ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌmau̇th \

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Of those six, there are only two that are considered abundant to common - the cottonmouth and copperhead. Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Copperhead bites 9-year-old pit bull in Matthews," 5 July 2018 Watch how to tell the difference between a deadly cottonmouth snake and a nonvenomous rat snake in this video. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Snake was shading under a car at Walmart. Then these 2 brought lighter fluid, police say," 15 June 2018 Reality: Actually, five of the six venomous snakes, including copperheads, timber rattlers and cottonmouths in Georgia have triangular heads. Shelia Poole, ajc, "7 most common myths about snakes," 5 June 2018 Many are potentially dangerous, including wolves, grizzly bears, komodo dragons, and reptiles such as sea snakes and cottonmouths. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Lots of Creatures Are Prohibited As Pets In Connecticut," 27 Apr. 2018 Water moccasins, also known as cottonmouths, are identified as a venomous snake by Texas Parks and Wildlife. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Man discovers he encountered a venomous snake while visiting Battleship Texas," 9 Jan. 2018 Copperheads are often mistaken for juvenile cottonmouths, or water moccasins, or for common water snakes. Dennis Pillion,, "Copperheads in Alabama: How to spot snakes that bit 2 kids in 8 days, what to do for bites," 15 Sep. 2017 So the team designed a chamber that allowed them to safely film rat snakes striking at a stuffed glove, as well as strikes from two venomous vipers: the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus), and the western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). National Geographic, "Snake Myth Debunked Thanks to New High-Speed Video," 18 Apr. 2016 Other venoms (cottonmouths, many rattlesnakes) destroy cell tissue or the cardiovascular system, leading to organ collapse and internal bleeding. Katie Nodjimbadem, Smithsonian, "How Many Ways Can Snake Venom Kill You and More Questions From Our Readers," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of cottonmouth

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cottonmouth

from the white interior of its mouth

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