4 of the Most Snake-Infested Lakes in Alabama

Written by Chris Madden
Updated: September 1, 2023
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4 Most Snake-Infested Lakes in Alabama
Water snakes are common in Alabama lakes.

Alabama Lakes and Alabama Snakes:

1. Lake Martin

Lake Martin

Lake Martin aerial view including Kowaliga Bridge.

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The grand Lake Martin, formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River, stands as one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States. The lake’s varied ecosystem offers a suitable habitat for numerous snake species. Among the snakes found in and around Lake Martin are water snakes such as the cottonmouth (water moccasin), copperheads, and non-venomous water snakes. Furthermore, observers can also spot land snakes such as rat snakes and garter snakes. The cottonmouth, recognized by its venomous bite and distinctive white mouth lining, is the most common venomous snake in the area. While exploring Lake Martin’s picturesque shorelines, visitors may encounter these intriguing reptiles, contributing to a memorable experience in the heart of Alabama.

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2. Lake Guntersville

Lake Guntersville in Alabama

Snakes are of little concern to visitors of beautiful Lake Guntersville – known for its great fishing.

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Lake Guntersville, created by Guntersville Dam on the Tennessee River, boasts a rich history and scenic beauty. This lake is home to various snake species, including both water and land snakes. Among them are the venomous water moccasins, copperheads, and non-venomous water snakes, as well as terrestrial snakes like rat snakes and garter snakes. The water moccasin, with its venomous bite and semi-aquatic nature, is a prevalent presence around the lake. As visitors enjoy the recreational offerings of Lake Guntersville, they have the opportunity to observe these snakes and appreciate their role in the lake’s ecosystem.

3. Lay Lake

Water Moccasin, cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus

Water Moccasin, cottonmouth snake (Agkistrodon piscivorus) swimming in the water in Lewisville, TX.

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Lay Lake, situated on the Coosa River, holds prominence as another notable lake in Alabama renowned for its significant snake populations. While specific data may vary, it is likely that Lay Lake hosts various snake species commonly found in the region, including both water and land snakes. Venomous species like the copperhead and water moccasin, as well as their non-venomous counterparts, may inhabit the lake’s diverse ecosystem. As in many other parts of the southern continental United States, these lakes serve as hotbeds for wildlife of all kinds. As residents and visitors bask in the recreational opportunities of Lay Lake, they should be mindful of the diverse wildlife, including the intriguing snake inhabitants that play an essential role in the lake’s ecological harmony.

4. Weiss Lake

Weiss Lake Alabama

Weiss Lake is known for its excellent fishing.


Weiss Lake, also situated on the Coosa River like Lay Lake, is renowned for its excellent fishing and abundant wildlife. Among the lake’s various inhabitants are diverse snake species, including water snakes and land snakes. While venomous snakes like the copperhead and water moccasin may be found in the area, it’s essential to remember that these snakes typically avoid human encounters and do not act aggressively unless provoked. Non-venomous water snakes and land snakes, such as rat snakes and garter snakes, also contribute to the lake’s thriving ecosystem. As anglers and nature enthusiasts explore the natural wonders of Weiss Lake, they may encounter these captivating reptiles, adding to the allure of this picturesque Alabama destination.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © KF2017/Shutterstock.com

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About the Author

Chris is a lifelong animal lover with a passion for writing and a natural tendency to explore the internet in pursuit of new wildlife and nature facts! He is completing his Bachelors in Political Science at Concordia University in the Spring of 2024 after a science-centric high school career. Aside from studying and writing for A-Z Animals, he has a budding music career and enjoy spending time outside year-round, from swimming to skiing!

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