Accounts in the literature of 15 litters of cottonmouths fix the time of birth as August and September.
Cottonmouths, like other pit-vipers, have their teeth reduced in number and have enlarged, highly specialized fangs.
In 1963 I examined the fangs of 14 cottonmouths at four- to seven-day intervals for a period of six weeks.
I found a double set of fangs in cottonmouths only twice in the six-week period.
Cottonmouths can often be found here, lying in or beside the small trickles.
Interspecific competition may be reduced somewhat by cottonmouths sometimes feeding on water-snakes.
The only records of growth increments in a natural population of cottonmouths are those in Table 11.
Stabler (1951:91) showed weight and length relationships in two cottonmouths for a period of six and one-half years.
In Florida, cottonmouths shed four to six times a year, according to rate of growth (Allen and Swindell, 1948:7).
When pools of water begin to dry up toward the end of summer, cottonmouths often congregate and feed on dying fish.