Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? Remember that line in the first Indiana Jones movie? I have a hard time watching that scene. I am not a fan of snakes.

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My wife on the other hand, loves snakes. Every year when the Garter Snakes come slithering out around our pond, she thinks it's funny to give each of them a name. I'm not amused.

While we think mostly of snakes slithering around the ground, obviously, the species isn't just limited to that. Yea, I'm talking about water snakes. I don't want to even think about coming into contact with a water snake while swimming in a lake.

The website, A-Z-animals.com lists the six most snake infested lakes in New York State. I'm guessing that means snakes both in and out of the water around each lake.

You bet I made a note of what they are and where, so I never get near them. Here's what and where these six lakes are in New York State, ranked from #6 to #1.

#6 - Lake George

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 A-Z-animals.com notes that Lake George is home to four types of snakes , including Garter Snakes, Northern Redbelly Snakes, Black Racer Snakes, and Timber Rattlesnakes. Add to that, leeches and Black Bears, oh my.

#5 - Canopus Lake

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Canopus Lake is on the other side of the Hudson River, east of Newburg and Beacon, NY. It's a 6 acre man-made lake. This lake is home to Northern Watersnakes and Black Rat Snakes. And  A-Z-animals.com notes that there have been some incidents of snake bites in the area.

#4 - Oneida Lake

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Oneida Lake, one of the 11 Finger Lakes. is just northeast of Syracuse, and A-Z-animals.com mentions the snakes in it's vicinity include Eastern Mississauga Rattlesnakes and Northern Watersnakes.

#3 - Lake Erie

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Lake Erie must be special. It has it's own named snake -  the Lake Erie Watersnake. A-Z-animals.com notes that Lake Erie is home to almost 12,000 of them. Now that's a lot of snakes.

#2 - Lake Champlain

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Lake Champlain, located in the upper northeast part of the state (and part of Vermont as well) has Common Watersnakes and Rattlesnakes. A-Z-animals.com mentions that there are a couple of rattlesnake dens nearby, but their location is secret so they won't be disturbed by humans. That means stay away. You don't have to tell me twice.

#1 - Echo Lake

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Echo Lake is only 13 acres, nestled in the Catskill Mountains, north of Woodstock, NY. It's a great place for hiking and fishing, and it's also home to Water Snakes, which according to A-Z-animals.com, are "feeding on the fish in abundance." The area is also home to Timber Rattlesnakes as well.

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