Wow! That's a pretty cool thing to see. I've seen a lot of these snakes over the summer back when I used to fish the Kankakee River. One time I was fishing from the shore and suddenly I hear something brushing in the grass behind me, I turn around and a snake is chasing a small mouse that was running right at me. After I turned around the snake stopped looked at me and turned around, it was pretty exciting to see. The mouse had jumped in to some tall grass by the shore. :lol: :shock:
I just came back from Mckinley park, was talking to some cops that drove by asking them about the lake they come to tell me that theres been reports of a water moccasin roaming around.. yeah so I didn't spend much time there in the dark. :lol:
Northern water snakes are commonly mistaked for moccasins, which are not native to this part of the state. The water snakes will still pack a nasty bite if you harass them though. No venom obviously, but still painful. The only venomous snake around here is the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, which are very rare.
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