I love snakes and rarely see many...it's only people who don't like them that come across them all the time. 90% or better of what you see on the water are only harmless, non-poisonous water snakes anyway. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone just about every time.
I've seen lots of snakes when I'm out, never had a problem with them though. As long as they respect my space I return the favor. Always keep a look out though. Here is a pic I took from last week of a diamond back water snake I came up on.
Fight the good fight - 1 Tim. 6:12