Venomous Snakes


In the heart of the Aquarium’s renovated Seven Rivers Gallery, among the black water, cypress trees and Spanish moss, Venomous Snakes displays three of North Carolina’s six venomous species. On display are copperhead, cottonmouth or “water moccasin” and timber rattlesnake. These dangerous reptiles are displayed safely behind glass, offering a tantalizing close-up view of how to identify them on your next outdoor adventure.

Copperheads, cottomouths and timber rattlers are common to eastern North Carolina, including portions of the Outer Banks. Though they should be avoided in the wild, these venomous reptiles play an important role in healthy ecosystems and are effective in controlling rodent populations.

The Seven Rivers Gallery is an immersive space where visitors weave through life-like cypress trees to explore displays of snakes, alligators and freshwater fishes and turtles.

  • The Seven Rivers Gallery is the first aquarium gallery visitors encounter upon arrival.

  • Copperheads are masters of disguise, and learning how to spot them is a key educational goal.

  • Cottonmouths are frequently confused with nonvenomous water snakes, and this exhibit helps visitors understand the difference.

Sponsorship of this exhibit has a term of ten years. The sponsor will be recognized with appropriate signage at the exhibit and on permanent displays at all three NC Aquariums.




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