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A photo of a cottonmouth snake in defensive posture.

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

A photo of a cottonmouth snake in defensive posture.

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A photo of a cottonmouth snake in defensive posture.

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

A cottonmouth gapes its mouth open in a defensive posture, showing the white lining that is the origin of the common name.

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Photo of a cottonmouth snake in defensive posture.

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

A cottonmouth gapes its mouth open in a defensive posture, showing the white lining that is the origin of the common name.

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eastern coachwhip

Eastern Coachwhip

Coluber flagellum flagellum
This large, slender, nonvenomous snake usually escapes in an explosive burst of speed. It is fast-moving and thrashes when captured, which led to the stubborn myth that this snake can whip a person to death.

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Eastern gartersnake

Eastern Gartersnake (Eastern Garter Snake)

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
Of the five kinds of garter snakes in Missouri, the eastern gartersnake is the most common. Though the color is variable (dark brown, greenish, or olive), there are normally three yellowish stripes, one down the back and one on each side.

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Eastern hog-nosed snake photo

Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake

Hissing sound of an eastern hog-nosed snake.

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Image of an eastern hog-nosed snake

Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake

Heterodon platirhinos
This harmless snake with an upturned snout can hiss loudly and spread its neck like a cobra. If this defense fails to ward off an enemy, the snake may thrash around, open its mouth, roll over, and play dead.

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