Boaters freak out as swimming rattlesnake climbs onto boat

Boaters freak out as swimming rattlesnake climbs onto boat

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Boaters freak out as swimming rattlesnake climbs onto boat

A giant rattlesnake swimming toward a boat on Fontana Lake in North Carolina had the boaters, mostly children, freaking out as it approached and ultimately climbed onto the swim step in the stern.

Wayne Robbins told the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday night that everyone on the boat was screaming but the loudest was his 14-year-old daughter Kathleen, who was closest to the microphone as she used her mother’s phone to capture the recent encounter on video.

“I was going to whack him,” Robbins told the Observer. “He was a pretty smart snake. He knew he wasn’t wanted.”

The screaming subsided once the timber rattlesnake returned to the water and swam away.

Also on board were Robbins’ 11-year-old daughter Kelly and three or four children from Adventure Amputee Camp at Nantahala Outdoor Center. The Robbins family was volunteering at the camp and had brought the boat.

“This is our second time at the lake and the first timber rattlesnake we’ve ever encountered,” Robbins told Raycom News Network.

“We try to get out [elsewhere] at least twice a week. We have seen several water snakes, but this is the first rattlesnake.”

A friend who happens to be a snake expert at the Knoxville Zoo told Robbins that something must have chased the snake into the water because timber rattlesnakes don’t like water.

“He was looking for any way out of it,” Robbins told RNN. “We thought he was being aggressive, but he was really just desperate.”

Photo is a screen grab from the video.

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