Snake bites

Water Moccasins

Water moccasin lies coiled on forest floor

The water moccasin is also called a cottonmouth snake. It is found in the southeast and the south-central U.S. They may be up to 6-feet long and have thick bodies. They have a triangular head and are dark brown to black.

Like other venomous snake bites, water moccasin bite symptoms include:

  • Severe, immediate pain
  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration
  • Rapid breathing
  • Heart rate changes
  • Metallic, rubbery, or minty taste
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Lymph node swelling
  • Shock

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