Content tagged with "snake"

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

A photo of a 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. More

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

Photo of a 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. More

Cottonmouth snake in defensive posture

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

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. More

Eastern Gartersnake (Eastern Garter Snake)

Eastern gartersnake
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. More

Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake

Image of an 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. More

Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake

Eastern hog-nosed snake photo
Hissing sound of an eastern hog-nosed snake. More