Originally Posted by U-Dub Gamecock
Okay, I have been Kayak Fishing in Lake Murray lately.. love it, but I see snakes all the freaking time!!
Question, I usually stay a good 20-30' from the shore, will a snake come after me to protect its territory?
Thanks in advance.
1.) Snakes are not territorial.
2.) Snakes (in the U.S.) and the majority of them worldwide, do not attack
any animal they are not hunting for food. They are Terrified of ANY animal
that is larger than they are. Even those snakes outside the U.S. that have
been known to attack humans, were doing so to protect a nest. No snakes
in the U.S. will do that. Domestic Snakes that lay eggs, do so, then leave
them to hatch on their own. Same with snakes that give birth to live snakes.
3.) Snakes will only strike Humans if they have no means of escape, or
someone just happens to step on, or right in front of them. They aren't
the aggressors in any attack. They only strike larger animals defensively.
4.) If you are seeing a lot of snakes that far off the shore, 90% chance they
are true watersnakes. (non venomous breed). Not 100% etched in stone
rule there, because all snakes are excellent swimmers, but only true Water
Snakes will swim in water that far from shore for long periods of time.
True Water snakes spend the majority of their day in the water. They can
swim under water for long periods of time. Other snakes will only spend
as much time in the water to get from point A to point B. Water Moccasins
are the only venomous snake that will spend as much time in water as they
do on land, because their diet consists mainly of small fish, frogs, and
small water snakes.
5.) I would almost bet the farm that you are seeing either Common Banded
Water Snakes, or Brown Water Snakes that far off the banks at Lake
Murray. Those are extremely common water snakes in this area