kingsnake.com - reptile and amphibian classifieds, breeders, forums, photos, videos and more
return to main index
follow us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on YouTube link to us on LinkedIn
 
click here for  Animal Specialties
Mice, Rats, Rabbits, Chicks, Quail
Available Now at RodentPro.com!
Locate a business by name: click to list your business
search the classifieds. buy an account
events by zip code list an event
Search the forums             Search in:
News & Events: Herp Photo of the Day: Iguana . . . . . . . . . .  Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday . . . . . . . . . .  Greater Cincinnati Herp Society Meeting - Jan. 03, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  Calusa Herp Society Meeting - Jan. 04, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  Reptile Super Show Los Angeles - Jan. 06-07, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiDay Fort Lauderdale - Jan. 06, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Atlanta - Jan. 06-07, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  Jacksonville Herp Society Meeting - Jan. 06, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Raleigh - Jan. 13-14, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Dallas - Jan. 13-14, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Jan. 13, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Birmingham - Jan. 20-21, 2018 . . . . . . . . . . 

Re: Agkistrodon piscivorus - size max


[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ DFW Herp Society Forum ]

Posted by carlfranklin on January 04, 2003 at 11:34:11:

In Reply to: Agkistrodon piscivorus - size max posted by bonita on January 03, 2003 at 22:58:33:

There have been cottonmouths in Texas just over 5 feet, but none to date at 7 feet. The closest one is the Eastern cottonmouth that has been documented at 74 inches. The Brown water snake (Nerodia taxispilota) gets upwards to 5 feet but doesn't occur in Texas Smiling politely and silently nodding works well in dealing with lots of claims made by the general public regarding snake size.

Lord only knows how many times I've been told about 10-12 foot rattlers in Texas.
To answer your other question, yes it is possible for snakes of the same species to be a different size in different areas. There are populations of western diamondback rattlesnakes in South Texas and Dallas County upwards to 6 feet. Whereas I haven't seen anything that large in other places. Competition for resources, abundance of food, etc are all factors that can play a role in how big an animal in any given area grows.

An interesting example is an ancient broad banded copperhead on display at the Abeline zoo. This animal is one of the oldest copperheads on record and might be as long as 15 inches. According to the former herp curator it wasn't really fed that much. I also believe that the amount of food snakes receive in their youth will greatly influence their size as adults.

Carl

:I'm continuosly fighting battles with folk on the subject of size ratios in Cottonmouths and watersnakes. I know what the "textbook" average claims, but I haven't personally experienced anything larger than 4 foot in either species. Can anyone say they've ever seen Cottonmouths or Watersnakes (any kind) as large as seven feet in this area? Larger? How about in other areas? Is it possible that max size can be expected at different lengths in different areas?

:--Bonita





Follow Ups:




[ Follow Ups ] [ DFW Herp Society Forum ]