Huge Aquatic Snake Chases Boat Near Virginia Beach

NewsflarePublished: June 27, 2017Updated: July 4, 2017377,687 viewsVirality: 1%
Published: June 27, 2017Updated: July 4, 2017

Footage of an aquatic cottonmouth snake chasing a group of people in a boat while they were out taking water samples. The video was filmed off the coast Virginia Beach in the US earlier this week.

The owner of the video, Cory Routh says: “This Cottonmouth came out to check us out while we were taking water samples. so I sent in the GoPro to check her out.”

The cottonmouth is a venomous pit viper, found in the southeastern United States. This is the only semi-aquatic viper, usually found near or in water, especially in marshes, streams and slow-moving and shallow lakes. They are such strong swimmers, that individuals have been spotted entering the sea.

“This species is found in the eastern US from the Great Dismal Swamp in southeast Virginia, south through the Florida peninsula and west to Arkansas, eastern and southern Oklahoma, and western and southern Georgia (excluding Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona). A few records exist of the species being found along the Rio Grande in Texas, but these are thought to represent disjunct populations, now possibly eradicated. The type locality given is "Carolina", although Schmidt (1953) proposed this be restricted to the area around Charleston, South Carolina.” (source: Wikipedia)

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      RumbleUser2017 · 19 weeks ago

      How has Georgia excluded cottonmouths from Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona? Cottonmouths are throughout Southern Missouri, especially in the Southeastern section. They seem to go wherever they want to crawl or swim. I'd like to limit their territory if there's a way to do that.

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        Kikstand454 · 5 weeks ago

        Cottonmouths avoid hilly, rugged, mountainous terrain. To limit their presence in your yard, eliminate what is attracting their prey. Rodents, frogs, etc. That's why they are there.

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      AGW · 19 weeks ago

      I come from MA. and we have Diamondback Rattlesnakes and Copper Heads. All 3 are related as they are all Pit Vipers. You say the Cottonmouth is the only semi aquatic viper but i disagree. Many times I've seen copper heads swimming near the shores of lakes and ponds.

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        Kikstand454 · 5 weeks ago

        All snakes can swim. And do. Cottonmouths spend a large portion of their time in and around water....making them trully semi-aquatic.

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      Betty · 19 weeks ago

      We have Cottonmouths in central Illinois as well.

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        Kikstand454 · 5 weeks ago

        You should let your local DNR know, take a good pic, and location stamp. There have been no verified Cottonmouths in central Illinois in many,many decades.

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          Kikstand454 · 5 weeks ago

          There is an extremely high likelihood that you are misidentifying common watersnakes. There are no verifiable populations of Cottonmouths in your area.

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      Jmos · 19 weeks ago

      Cottonmouths are very aggressive snakes. When we lived by the Santa Fe River in Fla, we were advised not to string any of our fish together and hang over the side of our boat....Cottonmouths have been known to climb up them and get into the boat. This article says they are the only semi-aquatic vipers, I disagree, we have seen rattlesnakes swimming across the River.

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        Kikstand454 · 5 weeks ago

        All snakes can and will swim. That does not make them semi-aquatic. Cottonmouths are not aggressive in anyway. This is a myth. They will for sure try to take fish off a stringer, and will climb into a boat if they are seeking a rest from swimming, but they are not specifically trying to "attack" you....which is the definition of aggressive. Snakes are defensive. 100% of snake bites are in self defense.

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        Benjig3 · 2 weeks ago

        Completely untrue. Just because they are going after a string airline full of fish does not make them aggressive, just hungry. They’re a Very lazy snake in fact. Mostly sitting on logs and sunning themselves and will do so peacefully 7 feet away from you while you’re fishing. I should know being from Mobile Alabama and owning 1000 acre cypress swamp in South Mississippi. I’m often surrounded by Cottonmouths and I bass fish completely comfortable as long as you don’t invade their space you’re fine.

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      Dubstumble · 19 weeks ago

      "Begone, Pit Viper !!" I really hate snakes.

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      lildragonwings · 10 weeks ago

      I am petrified of snakes. Even the little harmless garner snakes. I am told they are harmless. But if they bite it still hurts. So any snake is a big fat nope nope nope.