Agkistrodon piscivorusVenomousKSNPC status is: Unlisted
Very heavy body, stout. Head is wider than body. Distinct crossband pattern of young fades as snake ages and the bands can be difficult to see in adult snakes. Obtain sizes of 30 to 48".Notes:
Eats fish, frogs, snakes, sirens, birds, and rodents. This is a very aggressive water snake. While they can be confused with non-venomous water snakes, you should beware of any heavy, stout bodied snake in western Kentucky aquatic habitats where the snake does not try to move away. They often "stand their ground" and sometimes gape showing their "cotton" colored mouth. often seen swimming with their head above water.