Huge Aquatic Snake Chases Boat Near Virginia Beach

NewsflarePublished: June 27, 2017Updated: July 4, 2017293,538 viewsVirality: 3%
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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