Well, there are 6 poisonous snakes in Alabama which include 3 rattlesnakes, the copperhead snake, the cottonmouth (water moccasin) and the coral snake. The rattlesnakes and copperhead are usually brownish and live away form water, but the coral and cottonmouth can be dark and live near water. If it is all black its not a coral snake because they usually have the beautiful red rings on them. Young cottonmouths have copper rings around them, but with age the rings fade and they often become extremely dark even all black. So yes, there are poisonous black snakes in the gulf coast of Alabama. The second link provides more information on cottonmouths.
The snake that you are referring to is like a cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus). This black snake can grow to 4 or 5 feet in length and is black. When it opens its mouth it shows cottony white color, hence giving it its common name. The snakes feed on fish and are typically found near water. They are venomous and may strike and bite if disturbed.
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