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Cottonmouth Snakes (Water Moccasin) in my Bathtub

I live in a small neighborhood in Southeastern Louisiana not far from the Mississippi river. This morning I was going to take my bath and I discovered (or at least my cat did) a black snake curled up by the tub. I didn't touch it!

I turned off the light and called for help. My uncle came and killed the snake which he said was a cottonmouth because it spit venom when he hit it. The snake also jumped when he hit it the first time.

I have a 8 month old baby and I am very worried that there are more snakes where this one came from. I don't know how this thing got into my bathroom or how long it had been in my house.

Should I be concerned that there are more? Do they travel in
packs? Do these things lay eggs or have live births? And if they
do, do you think there are more in my house lurking around. I
can't even take a bath without looking on the floors.

I live in a house that is up off of the ground. I have never seen a snake in my neighborhood or in my yard and I have lived here for almost 31 years. If you have any advice please let me know.

Aimee Legg

Recent Answers

By Don07/18/2010

Today 7-18-10 I was looking up to the roof where a buddy was working. On the ground something moved near me. I stepped back to recognize a 3ft+ Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin coming toward me. I took several steps away and it continued toward me. I retreated at a right angle and it turned toward me and continued the chase me. My buddy on the roof had a good laugh. I am not afraid of snakes, we have a Copperhead that hangs out on our doorstep most evenings. We have a dog and two cats, they all get along. Except for the girlfriend, she lives in terror. Mesquite TX

By Kay (Guest Post)02/15/2009

We have a camp on a lake in southeast Louisiana. One day I was doing laundry. The washer and dryer was in an enclosed space in the stairwell. I had sorted the dirty laundry, and it was lying on the floor. I was standing among the laundry on the floor waiting for the washing machine cycle to stop so I could load the dryer. I felt something on my feet move, but didn't look down as I assumed it was just the pile of laundry I was standing on. A couple of minutes later I felt something move again and looked down to see a 4 foot water moccasin making its way between my feet.

I jumped and was hysterical as I ran around the hall and living room screaming. My husband and kids came in and asked me what was going on. I could barely speak as I told them about the snake. He sounded very skeptical and went into the laundry room to look for it. They could not find it at first. They tilted the washing machine over and saw the snake inside the washing machine. It came slithering out into the hallway.

My husband grabbed his shotgun and killed the snake and also blew a whole in the floor and wall while doing this. He apologized to me for questioning me whether what I had seen was really a snake. Then he immediately went to the hardware store and stocked up on that orange foamy stuff that seals cracks. He went underneath the house which was up on 8 ft brick stilts and sealed every crack he could find.

By mrs. vl (Guest Post)01/03/2009

Last summer, there was a snake in my bedroom. I was lying in the bed when I saw that it was something black lying on the floor. I think it came from my master bathroom, but I'm not for sure. So quietly I called my children to leave out the other door. while I was pointing at the snake they quickly left.

I stood up in my bed and jumped out my bedroom window. I went and got some help. soon my husband arrived and killed the snake. They could not get me to go back inside that house I moved into another house. hope I don't have that problem ever again I cant forget it.

By Rene' (Guest Post)08/18/2008

I just saw a water moccasin this past Saturday. I only know it was one because afterwards I did some research and it matched all the specifications. I was kayaking, and I got stuck in a tree. The snake was fairly fat, with a longish head. I was so close that I could have reached out and grabbed it's head. It just sat there and stared at me though. Neither of us moved until someone pulled me out of the tree. Very cool, but kinda creepy.

By Katie (Guest Post)06/18/2008

Killing the snakes happens to be ILLEGAL in the state of Missouri. I am not sure where you are but be careful!

By Jennifer (Guest Post)06/06/2008

Take it easy.... Snakes generally will retreat if allowed when they encounter a human. Just like many other creatures. People freak out unnecessarily over the natural world, and I don't get it. If you can capture a snake and set it free, it will most likely go home. If, like some people will do, it is harassed and poked at, IT WILL STRIKE, only to defend itself. So, people... please don't kill them. Snakes are a part of the natural cycle, they eat rats and roaches and other things we don't particularly like living with. Just call a pest control person and have it removed.

By (Guest Post)05/30/2008

I think that my boyfriend just saw a snake in his house. We can't find it. Any ideas where it would be "hiding"?

By Misty (Guest Post)05/21/2008

Kill or Let 'Em Go? Huh, well I almost stepped onto the back of one on my driveway tonight. It scared the **** out of me. I live in Texas. I took pictures and compared them to it. It was very close to a water moccasin. Once I called out to my husband to come help me, the thing climbed into my wheel well of my Tahoe. It has NOT come out since. I don't see it anywhere now. Since it's still there we parked my vehicle on another street close to the creek areas. Hopefully it will come out & be GONE tomorrow? I think that just because 'ZACH' has 'worked' with snakes in his previous life, he shouldn't be such an A-Hole in his opinions! That said I hope snakes stay on their side of the creek & away from 'OURS' Thank You for LISTENING, Misty

By Donna Backus (Guest Post)05/07/2008

In April of 2007, my 18 year old son, Ben, and some of his friends were swimming in a creek in Choudrant, La. Ben stepped on a bunch of sticks and was bitten twice by a cottonmouth. He was in ICU for 3 days and in a regular hospital room for another 3 days. He was given 14 vials of anti-venom. Miraculously, he has completely recovered! We praise God!

By Zach (Guest Post)03/18/2008

Most "water moccasin" sightings are untrue. I have been keeping snakes and reptiles for nearly 20 years. One facet of my hobby is wild collecting. On my numerous outings throughout Texas I have heard many concerned, yet ignorant persons say to me that they had seen a water moccasin just moments before I arrived, hence warning me to be cautious. As I proceed to traverse the area where this snake was allegedly seen, I discover a impressively large, bulky, but completely and utterly harmless diamondback WATER SNAKE (Nerodia rhombifer). If it is not a DB water snake that I encounter, then it is the equally harmless botched water snake or banded water snake. If it is a snake and it's in the water it's a cottonmouth. WRONG!! Truthfully, in my reptile hunting expeditions (capturing, not killing), I have only encountered 2 cottonmouths, and I had to go and find them. Non-venomous water snakes are far more common than the cottonmouth. I'm not saying that it is beyond reason that one may encounter a venomous snake by means of chance, but it would behoove you to educate yourself about the world around you and learn to recognized what is dangerous and what is not. Also know that snakes will not chase you down just to bite you, nor are they social creatures; thus, they do not travel in packs/pairs or gather in nests.

The killing of these interesting, beneficial, but misunderstood creatures is sometimes a product of fear, but largely it is result of hatred.

By Amber (Guest Post)02/27/2008

I know it my seem scary when they come into your home but they feel just as out of place being there are you do having them there. I would just call Animal Control they are usually more then happy to help out. Killing them as suggested by that ignorant person above is not the answer. Snakes are an essential part of the food chain and we would be a lot more sorry if we didn't have snakes then we are when we have run in's with them. Another percaution is to educate yourself and your children and eveyone will be safe.

By john (Guest Post)09/26/2007

I saw a water moccasin in my lake house before and it was big. I saw like 3. Two in the water and one under a rock. My cousin took a stick and started poking at it and then threw a rock and died. The ones in the water got on my fishing hook and I couldn't get it out. So I left it There and ran to the cabin. Don't worry, if you don't touch it, it won't go near you.

By Floirda (Guest Post)08/04/2007

I found a cotton mouth snake on my patio in the back. I live in a town house and outside my townhouse is a conservation land full with bushes that snakes can easily hide themselves. Do you know if the city will cut the bushes down so that snakes are not hiding out in there?

By wizard2112 (Guest Post)07/29/2007

I used to live in West Texas, we found snakes of different sorts in the house from time to time, some were harmful, some were not...but my dog always seemed to let me know before any thing happened. I am not sure how they got in, but they always seem to find a way. Either get a good dog or have your house checked out so that you can rest easy.

By jerry griffin (Guest Post)07/20/2007

We had one that came through the dryer vent from the outside. Got all the way up into our dryer when my wife turned the dryer on that day it made a real mess. Had to take the dryer apart to get the remains out

By snake man (Guest Post)04/20/2007

its hilarious how people are so afraid of snakes "plug all the holes in the bathtub and sinks" oh no my baby is in there. LOL don't worry about it good lord i see water moccasins "cottenmouths" all the time in my canal in the back of my house. It isn't that bad. I just kill them.

By George (Guest Post)03/07/2007

Yes if i was you i wouldnt be able to sleep until i had the whole entire house checked out from bottom to top by a professional. This should be taken care of a.s.a.p. This is not something to joke around with. some snakes are freindly and harmless. But others can turn out to be deadly and very dangerous.

By RamUK (Guest Post)03/10/2006

That sounds like a black racer we see them all the time in Florida. They move very quickly but are harmless, in fact they are good for keeping other creepy crawlies out of your house.

Susan snakes do not travel in packs and they usually find their way into peoples houses by mistake. If it was a cottonmouth it aint gonna find much to feed on in your bathroom! I wouldn't worry too much it is probably an isolated instance.

By susan (Guest Post)07/13/2005

I just found a black snake in the toilet at my work-out gym. Completely freaked me out. I live near Austin, Texas, but out in the country. This is also where the gym is located. Do you think this is a water moccasin? They are on a septic system.

By Holly [350]06/17/2005

You have my sympathies.
Hope you solve this situation quickly and easily.

My DH is from CT and he said they always kept the commode lids down because of a similar situation. It seems to be a universal predicament.

Holly

By badwater [242]06/16/2005

It depends on if you have a septic system or a sewer. It might have traveled thru the sewer lines and came thru your tub or toilet. We're not sure about cottonmouth snakes, but copperhead snakes travel in pairs. If I were you, call an exterminator or someone to come check out your home. I wouldn't rest very good until I had it done. Check all windows & doors for cracks & either fill or repair them. If you have a doggie door, these snakes can come thru there, too, as well as other critters. Put stoppers in all your sinks (in every room) & bathtubs at night before going to bed (be sure to turn off any drips, first). Close toilet lids when not in use (day or night). Have someone check your heating and a/c under your house for any holes, so nothing can come thru the vents. Just remember anywhere a mouse can get in, a snake can, too!!!

A friend of mine, last year, found a snake in her bathroom. He'd crawled around several places in her house as she'd noticed several things moved on different occasions (just her and her hubby live there). When she asked her hubby why he'd moved certain items, he'd replied, "well someone did & if it wasn't me and it wasn't you, who was it?" They figure the snake had been in their house for at least a couple of weeks! She found it when the snake's head was peaking out of some artificial greenery she had in and around her bathroom. She, too, called her grandson for help, even though she wasn't afraid of it.

By sandy (Guest Post)06/16/2005

your county or spca or animal control should be able to put you in contact with someone. beings you live in louisana- i figure you may have some swamp nearby. in florida their were trappers-people that caught wayward animals.i often saw these people near my home but i never saw any animals that were unwanted except a lizard.

By ronsan (Guest Post)06/16/2005

Last year, I saw a very large black snake (harmless) in the yard and beat feet immediately up on our raised concrete "deck" area. Those still by the snake said it took off quickly also, but later that night when I went out the back door from the kitchen onto the deck, there was that same snake on the brick kneewall curled up around 2 plastic milk jugs I had filled with water. I don't know how that snake got into your house, but I can guarantee you that snakes have the ability to crawl and climb up concrete steps and brick! My son said that the snake, which was more than 4' long, most probably just "snaked" its way or crawled right up the brick onto the concrete surface of the deck and that is more than 5' tall. He also told me snakes can compress their bodies to get in spaces less than 1", so now I make sure the screen doors fit tightly into the jams with no gaps at all.

We live about 8-1/2 miles out in the country on a farm so I shouldn't be surprised to see a snake, but it scared the daylights out of me!

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