The Great Lakes are amazing and we love them in Michigan. Each of the Great Lakes offers activities for residents to enjoy throughout the year. The sunsets are amazing and the fishing is good. What about water snakes? Did you know that one of the Great Lakes is one of the most snake infested lakes in the United States?

Snakes on land don't scare me. Most of the time we see snakes they are at the zoo. If you happen to stumble across a snake while you are hiking in Michigan's outdoors you'll be ok.

If I'm swimming in a lake, and a snake swims alongside me, I might freak out. Being in the water with nowhere to run is a anxiety ridden ride that I don't want to take. I've got a coexist mentality and I respect your terrritory water snake.

Which Great Lake is one of the most snake infested lakes in the United States?

AZ Animals did some research and here are the results. There are fifteen species of aquatic snakes that inhabit the water sources of the United States. The only venomous, semi-aquatic snake in the U.S. is the cottonmouth, also called the water moccasin.

Here are the 6 lakes that are the most snake infested in the U.S.

Lake Hartwell, Georgia

When visiting the Lake Hartwell area, you will undoubtedly encounter a variety of species, but one, in particular, you may want to avoid: the eastern copperhead. They live in a wide variety of habitats, from forests to rocky areas. They tend to prefer dryer areas with leaves and brush for camouflage but seem pretty common around Lake Hartwell.

Lake Gaston, Virginia

The copperhead, cottonmouth, and timber rattlesnake are three venomous snake species still found in or near Lake Gaston today. The cottonmouth and copperhead are the most active snakes in this area, but you may also see a timber rattlesnake.

Lake Texoma, Texas

Texoma is home to many different species of snakes. As the weather warms up, so do the snakes. There are three types of venomous snakes common around Texoma Lake: Copperhead, cottonmouth, and three rattlesnake species. It’s possible to see a Texas coral snake there, but unlikely because they’re very shy.

Lake Okeechobee, Florida

The South Florida region is home to 34 of Florida’s 46 native snake species, including four of the six venomous species. In addition, South Florida is also home to three non-native species, while timber rattlesnakes are exclusive to northern Florida and copperheads only occur in a small area of the panhandle.

Lake Sweetwater, Texas

If you’re curious about which state has the most snakes, look no further. The number of species in Texas is the highest. In terms of areas of Texas with a large population, West Texas, Central Texas, and South Texas are excellent places to look for snakes.

This Great Lake is one of the most snake infested lakes in America!


Lake Erie, Ohio. Lake Erie is the second most snake infested lake in the United States.

The population of Lake Erie water snakes is approaching 12,000. It was the 23rd species to be removed from the federal Endangered Species List in 2011, joining the bald eagle, American alligator, and peregrine falcon. About 300 acres of the inland habitat and 11 miles of shoreline also were protected of the water snake.

The Lake Erie watersnake is a smallish nonvenomous snake native to Lake Erie’s islands. This snake is highly semiaquatic, as its name implies, but spends a good portion of time on land. When it’s in the water, it’s usually within about 150 yards from shore. The body is pale grey to dark brown, with a subtle pattern of darker grey or brown bands.

That's good news that the population of the snakes native to Lake Erie are making a comeback.

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