Can Snakes Bite Underwater

Can Snakes Bite UnderwaterThe sight of a snake brings so many questions to a person who is afraid of it. For example, if you are a fisherman or you like to swim a lot, you might have wondered if snakes can bite underwater. This is certainly a logical question that one can wonder about.

Usually, all snakes are not venomous and if they even bite, the type of bite such as a dry bite or venomous bite further tells about the chances of survival. However, for swimmers and divers, it is important to know fuller insight about reptiles, snakes, and any creature that is within the water or even around it.

This is the only way for you to get safe and sound swimming time besides; the unexpected snake bite would never give you the chance to think about what to do. So let’s find out if a snake bites in while you are in the water or if it’s just a myth.

Can Snakes Bite Underwater?

The short and perhaps pretty frightening answer to this question is, yes they can. However, the likelihood of snakes biting underwater is not something that is frequent. A snake can bite you while being underwater only if it is frightened or feels unsafe due to some reason. To save itself from the possible harm, the snake can attack you for sure.

Most fishermen are at the risk of getting bitten by the snake. It doesn’t really matter if the snake is venomous or not, but if you are underwater and there are snakes too, chances are you will get bitten. Therefore, if you see a snake underwater, the best and most sensible decision would be to run away!

Are all snakes are dangerous underwater

Now, this is the question that you should be concerned about. if you are diving underwater or maybe swimming on a shallow water surface, chances are there are snakes. However, what you need to know is that there are two common snake species found in water: the cottonmouth (water moccasin) and the water snake.

Due to their amazing swimming capabilities, snakes certainly can be taken as dangerous ones. But there are some very dangerous snakes found in water that you should be careful of. For example, there are four very common venomous snakes found only in water such as:

  • Coral snakes: This type of snake has many diverse species. It has a flatter body with paddle-like tails and an astonishing speed when it comes to swimming. However, they usually avoid humans!
  • Cottonmouths:  Also known as water moccasins these snakes live near the watery or swamp areas of Southeastern and Southwestern US and you can also find them underwater.
  • Copperheads:  This snake is also found in watery and swamp areas including lakes, streams, and ponds in Florida, Massachusetts, and Nebraska
  • Rattlesnakes: Another type of snake that is found underwater is rattlesnakes. Because they make rattling sounds, it is easy to spot them, however not while underwater. Similar to coral snakes, rattlesnakes too avoid humans in the majority of cases. But if they ever bite humans, it can be dangerous.


Snakes bite due to their nature. However, when it comes to being underwater, you need to be extra careful not to fight them back and only run as far as you can. In this article we took an analysis of the dangerous snakes found underwater and how you should treat yourself if you get accidentally bitten. We hope you never come in contact with the venomous snake and stay safe.


About the author

Clinton Newman

Clinton Newman is a herpetologist and part-time blogger who loves to study snakes and their behavior. He is always called by neighbors to help them catch or get rid of snakes in their houses. . He's a passionate traveler and does a lot of Hiking and Hunting Adventures. His favorite places are Forests, Deserts, and Mountains. Now, he's guiding other Hikers to hike safely through this blog by reviewing the top best picks gears for safety and also guiding on Snakes and ways to deal with them.