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Snakes and Other Animals
|Phone: 757-382-6411||Fax: 757-277-9365||Email: contactPRT@cityofchesapeake.net|
|Address: 1246 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA 23323|
Fox, Rabbit, Deer, Woodchucks (Ground Hogs), Bobcats, Nutria, Beaver and coyote. There are numerous snakes in the area. They are normally seen sunning themselves or crossing the Trail. Most seen snakes are Black Snakes, Black Rat Snakes, Rough Green Snakes and Garter Snakes. Other snakes that are commonly seen are Eastern King, Mud, Eastern Milk and Red Bellied Watersnake. These snakes are non-venomous.
There are three venomous snakes on the trail. The most commonly seen is the Copperhead and will normally stay still until you leave unless provoked. The copperhead's venom is the least potent of the three. Only two CaneBrake Rattlesnakes have been seen on the Trail since 2006. One Cottonmouth was spotted on the trail, trying to get to high ground from area flooding during a heavy rain period.