Photo: Copperhead Swims On Water


If you have been on the blog long, you know how much I hate snakes, any kind of snake. While this photo from Eco Wildlife Solutions freaks me out, it’s caption does share some valuable information:

If you encounter a snake on top of the water like the snake seen above, this is a good indicator of a venomous snake. Both Copperheads and Cottonmouths fill their lungs with air prior to entering the water causing them to float high in the water. Common water snakes swim with their bodies under the water so they can dive after fish.

You need information like this because I’m getting reports of more copperheads than usual in many regions this spring, including in my home state of Virginia. Apparently it’s a bumper year for snakes, so be damn careful in the woods, around creeks, in brush on pond dams and the like.

6 thoughts on “Photo: Copperhead Swims On Water

  1. We live on the bayou in Houston and we’ve killed 3 this spring. All copperheads.

  2. Have noticed an increase in snake sightings this year in Virginia.
    I share the same passion as Mike. Only good snake is a DEAD ONE!

    • Well, I don’t feel that way, but on the other hand I don’t want the poisonous ones by my house.

    • A good snake is a dead snake? Good luck when you’re over run with rats!

  3. Caught a 25″ copperhead, Saturday, on Edisto Island, SC 200 yds. from the beach. Just had shed- released on the mainland Monday. They love rats and mice too.

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