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Rattlesnake formation of water in Florida, beachgoers say

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Florida beachgoers saw a rather unusual creature Tuesday, rise of the ocean: a possible diamondback rattlesnake.

Photos captured by a local resident Rhonda Saunders tone of the hose out of the water on Pensacola Beach.

The snake turned out to be “exhausted” and “try to keep the head above the water,” Saunders told the Pensacola News Journal, adding a shocked public began to surround the creature. It is unclear where the snake came from.

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Local animal control officials were called and the snake was eventually removed.

“[Animal control officer] remarked to him with a long-handled net, and left him in a carrier,” Saunders told the Pensacola News Journal.

“Not much fight left in him,” said the snake.

While many beachgoers said the snake was likely a diamondback rattlesnake, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was not able to formally identify the snake based on the photos alone, biologists with the organization told the newspaper.

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Diamondback rattlers are able to swim, according to Reptiles magazine. These snakes are the largest venomous snakes in North America, National Geographic reported, brands them “life in general in a dry, pine flatwoods, sandy woodlands, and coastal scrub habitats from southern North Carolina, Florida and west to Louisiana.”

Rhonda Saunders was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Fox News on Thursday.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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