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Fortunately one can apply the same ‘no touch’ rule to rattlesnakes regardless of location. I like snakes and finding them in the wild is always a fun thing. But they still give sphincter lock.
Rattlesnakes have been seen swimming as far as nine miles offshore to get to islands or back to the mainland. I have found several species of snakes, including Coral snakes and rattlesnakes, several miles offshore on wooded islands that harbor much wildlife. Nearly all snakes are good swimmers.
I knew snakes swim well but aleays though rattlers only got in the water reluctantly. I guess I need a new snake paradigm. 🤔
Dang, Gene, that is scary about the swimming ability of snakes, but I guess that explains why you can find them on the barrier islands in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. I guess, too, a snake could bite you in the water?! So gators are the only critters to watch for when swimming in coastal rivers, lakes and ponds?
RCG, "Snakes of North America," Raymond Ditmars. "Snakes Alive and How They Live," Clifford H. Pope
Actually, rattlesnakes have trouble biting in the water, but they could manage if you were very close to them; they need a stable platform from which to launch a strike and water is not very good. The only snakes that regularly take to water are water snakes, water moccasins, and sea snakes.
Thanks, Gene. I guess I better read up on them. I guess they are more egali-terrainian than I thought.
RCG, I knew a very liberal turtle once who was an egali-terrapin. Then, there are Leftist gators, you know, egali-gators. Probably all a croc.
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