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Cottonmouth Snake

This is a snake that swims. The venomous cottonmouth snake, also known as the water moccasin, likes to hang out at water’s edge, making it a threat to dogs and cats near ponds and lakes. It seldom bites — unless stepped on or harassed. Its venom is very similar to a rattlesnake’s, though tends not to be as serious, Dr. Tegzes says.

What to do if your pet is bitten: Keep your pet calm and seek immediate veterinary care.

Range: Mainly the Southeast, from southern Virginia to Florida and onto eastern Texas (map).

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