man bitten while kissing venomous snake Friends say man caught water moccasin while swimming Author: Cathleigh WinninghavvPrint Investigators say 18-year-old Austin Hatfield captured the 4-foot-long cottonmouth while swimming last week. Friends say the teen was trying to kiss the snake when it struck, biting him on the lip. Hatfield was taken to the hospital in critical condition but is expected to make a full recovery. Cottonmouth snakes, sometimes called water moccasins, are extremely dangerous. Officials say Hatfield did not have a permit to keep the snake. [SEE THESE? Most beautiful of 2015 | Strange back tattoos | One-hit wonders] The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating.