Iowa Is Home To The Most Snake Infested Rivers In America
Many people have a fear of snakes, and sadly this article isn't going to help that fear. There are many powerful rivers in America, and plenty of those rivers have a ton of snakes. Iowa has two rivers that have some of the most snakes in America.
We've seen what kind of snakes live on Iowa land, but now it's time to see the ones in the water.
The Snake-Filled Rivers
A recent list looked at the nine most snake-infested rivers in America. I was not surprised to see the mighty Mississippi and the Missouri River on this list. They both have everything a snake could want.
While both these rivers being on this list is a surprise to no one, I was surprised to see just how many snakes use this waterway.
If you hate snakes and live off the Mississippi there is good news, snakes usually avoid areas with high human populations. The source goes on to say,
In most areas, the snake population is skittish enough that you won’t see the reptiles. In fact, snakes hate being around humans and will dart away if they’re able to escape being seen. Of course, that doesn’t guarantee anything for anyone, and the many snakes that get spotted are as unhappy about it as the folks who spot them.
Now if you do see a snake... it could be one of these.
Snakes In The Mississippi River
- Northern water snake
- Eastern milksnake
- Plains garter snake
- Eastern garter snake
- Plains hognose snake
- Eastern hognose snake
- Timber rattlesnake
- Eastern yellow-bellied racer
- Northern red belly snake
- Western foxsnake
- Texas brown snake
Wow, that's a lot. Thankfully not all of them are found in Iowa. Again the Mississippi is a huge river that feeds many states in America so it makes sense that it also holds some of the most snakes in America.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!
Snakes In The Missouri River
That's right, the Missouri River is also on this list.
Missouri River is home to a huge array of wildlife species, including a ton of different snakes. The 2,540 miles of waterway may be home to as many as 47 different snake species and something like 900 animal species nearby.
- Northern water snake
- Diamondback water snake
- Yellow-bellied water snake
- Graham’s crayfish snake
- Mississippi green water snake
- Western mud snake
- Water moccasin (cottonmouth)
- Broad-banded water snake
Stay safe out there Iowa.