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Cottonmouths better off left alone

Some animals just can't get a break. Cottonmouths, Agkistrodon piscivorus, (aka water moccasins) would like nothing more than spend their lives within their local swamp or river, either coiled up under a bunch of vegetation waiting for a hapless frog to paddle by, or perhaps patrolling the water's edge at night looking for some other tasty morsel. But, we all know that aquatic habitats, although preferred by many a swamp creature, are also popular areas for human recreation. Every day, thousands of people fish, boat, swim or tube in wetlands that are prime snake habitat.


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