Huge Aquatic Snake Chases Boat Near Virginia Beach

NewsflarePublished: June 27, 2017Updated: July 4, 2017328,674 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 · 10 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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      AGW · 10 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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      Betty · 10 weeks ago

      We have Cottonmouths in central Illinois as well.

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      Jmos · 10 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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      Dubstumble · 10 weeks ago

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

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      lildragonwings · 1 week 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.