Behavior: Adults are solitary and rarely far from land. They get their name from the bright white lining of the mouth that is easily seen when opened. Excellent swimmers, their head and body float high on the water.
Life Span:10 yrs
Gestation Period: 120 days
Number of Young: 7 eggs
Venom is hemotoxic, breaking down and destroying red blood cells in the prey.
Not overly aggressive, but will stand their ground rather than flee.
If threatened, anti-predator defenses such as flattening the head, shaking tail in leaves (to mimic a rattler), and opening the mouth wide to expose the bright white lining are used.