Mossy Oak recently released a video of a gigantic cottonmouth, proclaiming it (perhaps tongue-in-cheek) the “world’s largest cottonmouth.”
The video was reportedly captured from a duck blind.
More after the Video
Adult cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) are large and capable of delivering a painful and potentially fatal bite. When antagonized, they will stand their ground by coiling their bodies and displaying their fangs–and thus the white lining of their mouth, inspiring the “cottonmouth” moniker.
Although their aggression has been exaggerated, on rare occasions territorial males will approach intruders in an aggressive manner.
It is the world’s only semiaquatic viper, usually found in or near water, particularly in slow-moving and shallow lakes, streams, and marshes. The snake is a strong swimmer and will even enter the sea, successfully colonizing islands off both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Its diet consists mainly of fish and frogs, but is otherwise highly varied and, uniquely, has even been reported to include carrion.