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Huge swimming snake eats catfish in incredible photo

An Illinois fisherman snapped a photo that’s gone viral of a huge snake munching on a bullhead catfish in Iowa waters.

Colin Wehrle of Moline, Ill., sent the Iowa Department of Natural Resources his photo via Facebook on May 26, entitled “Took this photo Saturday while fishing in Iowa. This snake has a tasty catfish for lunch.” He told The Des Moines Register on Thursday that he took the photo May 23 with a GoPro mounted on a GoPole at a private lake in southeast Iowa.

“We saw the snake swimming across the water and we saw something in its mouth,” he wrote. “We thought he had a mouse so we moved the boat back to get a better look. That’s when I saw he had a catfish in his mouth and we couldn’t believe it.”

Wehrle said he snapped about 140 photos before the snake jetted into some bushes with his meal.

The Iowa DNR confirmed Thursday the animal as a Northern water snake, a non-venomous animal.

Jessie Brown of the DNR said Thursday in an email that some may be concerned this is a cottonmouth, commonly called a water moccasin, which is venemous. But those are not found in Iowa.

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