Snake Invasion Hits SML Waterfront Property Owners
As flood water rise, snakes around Smith Mountain Lake are being displaced and some of the snakes can may be venomous/poisonous (Copperheads & Cottonmouth/Water Moccasins) . Snakes live and hide in and around the banks of the lake in the rocks and rip rap (Riprap, also known as rip rap, rip–rap, shot rock, rock armor, or rubble, is man-placed rock or other material used to armor shorelines), as water rise the snakes are forced to seek higher ground which can be on Docks, Boats, Near Homes, Outdoor structures, Children’s Outdoor Toys, and more.
There are several poisonous snakes in our area of VA – Here is a guide on identifying poisonous snakes that may be in your area .
There are more than 30 types of snakes in Virginia, but only three are venomous: northern copperheads, rattlesnakes and eastern cottonmouths (also known as water moccasins).
Visit: https://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/reptiles/snakes/snakes_of_virginia.htm for more details or just Google It!