Animals | December 14, 2021 1:12 AM | Hang Bona
Cottonmouths (also known as water moccasins) are opportunistic feeders who are frequently referred to as “omnicarnivorous.” Mammals, birds, amphibians, fish, snakes, small turtles, and small alligators are among its favorite foods. These snakes are not afraid to eat poisonous snakes like rattlesnakes and copperheads.
Cannibalism, as well as the consumption of carrion, is common among this species. However, fish and frogs make up the majority of its food. Fish are cornered in shallow water, generally against the bank or beneath logs, and then caught. They take advantage of the huge populations of fish and tadpoles that occur when bodies of water begin to dry up in the summer or early fall.
Frogs and small birds are apprehended and held until they cease moving. Larger prey will be approached with caution; a quick strike will be executed, and the snake will then withdraw. The tail tips of young animals are yellowish or greenish.
Frogs and small birds are apprehended and held until they cease moving. Larger prey will be approached with caution; a quick strike will be executed, and the snake will then withdraw. Young individuals use caudal luring and have yellowish or greenish tail tips. Wriggling the tail tip attracts prey such as frogs and lizards within striking distance.
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