Lake Minnewaska and surrounding areas as they are now.
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Just thought I'd post my own experience with the northern water snake. I have taken the time to somewhat educate myself on the snakes of our region and everything I read about the water snake said they are harmless. Today my dog was bit behind the ear near the boat launch. I have seen water snakes at Pine Meadow lake in southern Harriman and they are not afraid to aproach a swimmer. My dog was bit IN the water, not poking his head in any caves or holes. He was just swimming along and bam! Be cautious.
Please remember that there are Copperheads and Rattlesnakes in Minnewaska and both inhabit the waters. Unless you are a snake expert (Herpetologist) please treat all snakes as poisinous. Also many people bitten by "harmless" snakes die from infection and even rabies.
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