You might think twice about being in or around these Indiana lakes.

It's no secret that I am very afraid of snakes. That being said, I do understand there are some benefits to keeping them around. However, if I were to see one in my yard, I would instinctively run away. I want nothing to do with those nope ropes! Now, let's talk about something that will really make you think twice about spending some time on the lake by exploring the most snake-infested waters in Indiana.

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Let's say you are spending the day on an Indiana lake. You could be fishing, boating, or swimming when all of a sudden you see a snake's head pop out of the water...or even worse, you accidentally step on one and get bitten. That's one of my worst fears. Snakes in Indiana waterways are not uncommon. I've seen several while out kayaking, and I'm pretty sure that I paddled faster than any motor could have sent you across the water.  That being said, it’s important to know which bodies of water are the most snake-infested in Indiana, so you can be a little more cautious.

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Indiana has over 30 types of snakes found within the state. Of those 32 snakes, at least 10 species are water snakes. Now, there's really only one watersnake in Indiana that you should be worried about: the eastern cottonmouth snake, which is the only venomous water snake in Indiana.

There are three other venomous snakes in Indiana, but they’re not semi-aquatic. Otherwise, most snakes in Indiana rivers are harmless. Nonvenomnous water snakes found in Indiana are:

  • The northern water snake
  • The queen snake
  • The midland water snake
  • The red-bellied water snake
  • The diamondback water snake

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A-Z Animals has an article revealing the top three most snake-infested lakes in Indiana, so let's check them out.

These are the Most Snake-Infested Lakes in Indiana

Below, you will see what A-Z Animals says are the three most snake-infested lakes in Indiana. You may or may not be surprised.

1. Lake Monroe

Located in Monroe County, Lake Monroe is the largest lake in Indiana. It’s home to a diverse snake population that includes both venomous and non-venomous snakes. Snakes you might encounter at Lake Monroe include the timber rattlesnake and garter snakes, among other non-venomous snakes.

2. Patoka Lake

Patoka Lake in Orange County, Indiana is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and wildlife observation. It is also home to a variety of snake species, including both venomous and non-venomous snakes. I have been there several times and almost every time I have been boating I have seen a snake in the water.

3. Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan borders the northwestern part of Indiana. The state is home to various snake species that live in the vicinity of Lake Michigan, in the surrounding wetlands and marshy areas. One snake to mention in that area is the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, Lake Michigan’s only venomous snake. Of course, there are many other snake species in the vicinity of Lake Michigan too.

There you have it, the most snake-infested waters in Indiana. Now, I know hearing that might deter some from visiting some of these lakes. However, these areas have a lot to offer. You shouldn't avoid visiting these Indiana waterways during the summer. A lot of fun can be had, just be aware of your area and stay safe while still having fun. You can learn more about the most snake-infested waters in Indiana by clicking here.

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