The folks over at Mossy Oak recently released a video of a gigantic cottonmouth snake–also called a water moccasin–big enough to give a small anaconda pause. It’s pretty big, but is it the largest in the world?
These large snakes are not to be underestimated. Cottonmouths have a reputation for being aggressive and standing their ground when approached. These snakes are also equipped with hemotoxic venom, which attacks blood and tissue cells. The venom will eventually prevent a victim’s blood from coagulating and cause bleeding from open orifices. Thankfully, fatalities from cottonmouth bites are rare and can be effectively treated with antivenom.
The video was reportedly captured from a duck hole. Check it out below.
The largest cottonmouth ever recorded measured just below six feet, at 71 inches long.