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moccasin

 [mok´ah-sin]
any of several species of snakes of the genus Agkistrodon.
highland moccasin copperhead.
water moccasin Agkistrodon piscivorus, a venomous semiaquatic pit viper with an olive or brown back, found in the southern United States. Called also cottonmouth.

water moccasin

n.
1. A semiaquatic pit viper (Agkistrodon piscivorus) of lowlands and swampy regions of the southeast United States. Also called cottonmouth.
2. Any of various similar but harmless water snakes.

water moccasin

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Western cottonmouths, Agkistrodon piscivorus, are pit vipers that inhabit a wide variety of habitats (Gloyd and Conant, 1990; Werler and Dixon, 2000).
Natural history of cottonmouth moccasin, Agkistrodon piscivorus (Reptilia).
Combat dance and range extension of Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma.
97 Snakes Storeria dekayi 06 03 -- -- 09 Storeria occipitomaculata -- 01 -- 01 02 Virginia striatula -- -- -- 02 02 Lampropeltis calligaster -- 02 -- -- 02 Lampropeltis getula 15 08 20 06 49 Lampropeltis triangulum -- 02 08 05 15 Coluber constrictor 18 14 20 14 66 Opheodrys aestivus -- 01 -- 01 02 Elaphe obsoleta 09 18 13 06 46 Heterodon platirhinos -- -- 01 -- 01 Thamnophis proximus 38 57 27 23 145 Farancia abacura 04 02 01 -- 07 Nerodia cyclopion 10 01 01 -- 12 Nerodia erythrogaster 26 14 09 01 50 Nerodia fasciata 57 18 15 -- 90 Nerodia rhombifer 05 01 03 -- 09 Regina rigida 03 -- -- -- 03 Agkistrodon contortrix 29 44 25 19 117 Agkistrodon piscivorus 31 18 02 02 53 No.
The western cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma, is an iteroparous pit viper that inhabits a wide variety of habitats (Gloyd and Conant, 1990; Werler and Dixon, 2000).
Species Dogtown Friendship Liberty Grove Total Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma 9 4 1 14 Lampropeltis getulus holbrooki 3 0 1 4 Ophisaurus attenuatus attenuatus 3 0 0 3 Coluber constrictor flaviventris 2 4 7 13 Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster 1 3 1 5 Heterodon platyrhinos 1 1 1 3 Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri 1 0 4 5 Thamnophis proximus proximus 1 0 1 2 Masticophis flagellum flagellum 1 0 0 1 Thamnophis sirtalis annectans 0 6 2 8 Nerodia erythrogaster transversa 0 1 0 1 Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix 0 0 1 1 Total Individuals 22 19 19 60 Total Species 9 6 9 12 Table 2.
1991) found it to be ubiquitous in all habitats and dominant in all areas except the lowland floodplain where it was second in abundance to the cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus.
Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma (Troost, 1836) (Western Cottonmouth).