NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Some Volusia County
beachgoers don't like the idea of sharing the sand with snakes.
Some people snapped photos of a rattlesnake slithering dangerously close to an area that is often packed with beachgoers.
They said the snakes become more active in the cooler temperatures and the dunes along the beach are a natural habitat for rattlers.
Valeh Levy shot video Friday New Smyrna Beach but said her son was one of the first surfers to spot the
"My son came running up toward my minivan and he said,
Witnesses estimate it was
"He said the coolest part was that the snake raised half of its body up and looked out towards the surf and a wave was coming and the snake turned towards the beach and kind of let the wave bump it on in," Levy
Experts said it isn't common to see a
Rattlers have been known to strike at and bite people.
"It was trying to avoid anyone. If people came close to it, it went the other way," Levy said.
Experts believe the rattlesnake may have been swept out to sea from Ponce Inlet.