Huge Swimming Snake in Iowa

Northern Snake Snacking on Bullhead Photo: Photo: Colin Wehrle of Moline, Ill. . Northern Snake Snacking on Bullhead

Updated: July 06, 2020 02:05 PM
Created: May 29, 2015 12:00 AM

(ABC 6 News) - While fishing in Iowa Colin Wehrle ran into what he thought was a giant cottonmouth snake eating a bullhead fish. 

Colin estimated that the snake may have been 3-feet long and thought that it looked like the venomous snake cottonmouth, also called a water moccasin. It was found in a private pond in southeast Iowa.

The Iowa DNR confirmed that it was not a cottonmouth, but a northern water snake that is a look-alike to a cottonmouth. 

According to the DNR, you can tell these snakes apart by their patterns and by their eyes. Northern snakes are not venomous and have round pupils while cotton mouths are vertical and have vertical slit pupil. 

They are a protected species.

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