Texas boy reels in catfish with snake latched onto its head

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Published 4:58 pm, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Texas boy reeled in the ultimate country catch and has the video to prove it.

Chipper Burman of Hockley caught a large catfish with a diamondback rattlesnake latched onto its head.

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The 10-year-old Texan was out fishing with his grandfather, but what seemed like a regular catch turned out to be the ultimate prize.


The video, which was shared by Chipper’s mother, Heather, shows the jaws of the water snake wide open as it tries to get itself around the catfish’s head. Both the fish and the snake are alive and thrashing occurs as Chipper pokes the animals with a stick.

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The snake is identified as a diamondback water snake, which is a non-venomous snake that often gets confused with venomous species including the cottonmouth (aka water moccasin) or even rattlesnakes. They are often needlessly killed out of fear.

To be sure you’re not killing a nonvenomous snake needlessly, click through our snake identification guide in the slideshow above.

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