ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A St. Augustine man found a cottonmouth snake on top of his air conditioning unit Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
The FWC said cottonmouth snakes are often mistaken for water snakes, which are nonvenomous. Cottonmouth snakes can be distinguished by a vertical pupil, the presence of a facial pit and, when viewed from above, their eyes are not visible because of an overhanging brow bridge.
In contrast, water snakes have round pupils and no facial pit and when viewed from above, they have visible eyes.
The FWC said snakes are very active during summer months of warm weather and frequent rain.
They are urging anyone who sees a snake to just observe from a safe distance.
Learn more about Florida snakes here.