Poisonous cottonmouth snakes spotted in Florence water
Raw video: North Carolina man encounters two poisonous vipers in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
A North Carolina man thought he saw an alligator in the waters of the flood after the Hurricane Florence. But what he really spotted was just as dangerous.
North Topsail Beach firefighter Bradley Thomas Dixon shared a video on Facebook of two cottonmouth snakes lounging in the vicinity of a number of floods. He said that the larger was about 4 feet long and the other only half a metre smaller.
“These little cottonmouths sit here and enjoy some sun,” Dixon said in the video.
A North Carolina man stumbled upon two cottonmouth snakes in a number of floods caused by Florence in Hampstead, North Carolina.
(Bradley Thomas Dixon via Storyful)
He discovered the poisonous snakes on a disc golf course in Hampstead, where he was evacuated to during Hurricane Florence, WNCN-TV reported.
Dixon originally “just walked on” the snakes and thought he had stumbled upon an alligator, he told McClatchy.
“When I jumped from a fallen tree on a remote part of the disc golf course, which I immediately saw them and thought it was a gator,” Dixon said. “Startled, I jumped back on the log. The snakes do not move, so I videoed them, because it was one of the most intense moments I’ve experienced in a while.”
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“The cottonmouths were probably washed in a marshy area, and were dazed and astonished,” he continued. In the video, the snakes do not move.
Also known as water moccasins, cottonmouths are one of the six poisonous snakes found in the Tar Heel State, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. While they are generally between 3-4 feet, they can reach up to 6 feet long, according to the commission.
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With the floods brought by Florence, experts in the Carolina warned of poisonous snakes could be displaced from their natural habitats, and residents are encouraged to be cautious, Fox News previously reported.
Cottonmouth snakes, in particular, “poison inject, causing tissue damage, platelet loss, causes bleeding [and] it can lead to death,” Gerald O’malley with the Grand Strand Hospital in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, previously told The Sun News.
Tuesday morning, Dixon’s video had amassed more than 57,000 views on Facebook.
Hampstead is located in the vicinity of North Carolina’s east coast between Wilmington and North Topsail Beach.
Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.