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Can Coral Snakes Swim and Bite You in Water?

Coral Snakes can swim and have been found in backyard pools. They will not bite unless you get close and threaten them.


Can all snakes swim?

Whether you are a lover of snakes or not, you must be fascinated by them. Unlike the other types of reptiles, snakes do not have limbs or arms. Yet, even without any of those, these creatures move across various terrains. They can climb mountains, go to the treetops with some gliding from one branch to the other.

Most snakes can swim. Some of them swim with some body parts submerged in the water, while others swim with their entire bodies gliding on the water surface.

Snakes move in four different ways, and they use the muscles underneath their scales. These movements include:

• Rectilinear method

• Concertina method

• Sidewinding method

• Serpentine method

For swimming, snakes use nearly all the motions in water as they do on land. Whenever the snake moves the body across the top of the water, they normally use the serpentine method whether they are swimming in a pond, lake, or sea.

Snakes use the surface tension of the water together with the undulating movement to keep them floating on water. When the snake undulates in the water, it draws a certain amount of water to its body while applying force to the water behind it. It is this force that propels the snake forward through the water body.

Not all snakes swim well. Most of these species move well while on land, but the same cannot be said when moving across the water bodies. Some species of snake are well adapted to the water environment, including the sea snakes. Such snakes are experts in swimming.

Some, like the freshwater snake species, also swim well compared to the terrestrial snakes. Their swimming skills are affected by the environment inhabited by the species.

Generally, water can never be a barrier to snakes’ movement. All of them can swim using the four movements that help them move on land, across mountains and trees even with no legs or arms. Some species will submerge while others skim to move in water, but it doesn’t refute that snakes can easily navigate the water environment.

 

Can snakes bite underwater?

Snakes bite underwater, especially when they feel provoked or threatened. This applies to any snake species, including coral snakes. Usually, when in water, snakes are more vulnerable and will first seek to evade any confrontations with humans. They only resort to biting when it is their last option.

The snake that commonly bites while it is underwater is the cottonmouth which is also venomous. They don’t live in the water but enjoy soaking in water during the dry seasons. Moccasin is another snake species that commonly bite while in water. This, unlike the cottonmouth, is semi-aquatic and hunts for fish in water. Due to their hunting activity, they usually end up biting human beings.

Coral snakes also swim and are said to be the most venomous snake in the world. Its venom is toxic. However, this snake is harmless and rarely bites human beings. It is naturally shy and, most of the time concentrates on looking for its food. But, if provoked, it can bite underwater.

The bites happen because the snakes mistook the human for their food or reaction to a threat.

Where are coral snakes found?

Coral snakes are distributed around the world. They are found in different localities, including the southern coastal plains from North Carolina to Louisiana, including all of Florida and Texas. They like to live in pine and scrub oak sandhill locations. However, sometimes, they are found in Flatwoods that experience seasonal flooding. Generally, the population of coral snakes is high in the Southeastern United States.

Are coral snakes dangerous?

Coral snakes are naturally harmless and shy. They tend to mind their business and concentrate on getting through the day peacefully. All they care about is getting their food. There are not many cases documented where coral snakes bite human beings or pets, and this is because they are harmless. However, in cases where they are provoked, they can bite and release their toxic venom.