The last thing anyone wants is to find themselves in a tiny cramped space with a poisonous snake. That’s almost the situation this family found themselves in while spending a day on the water in their boat.

On July 14, Wayne Robbins and his family were having a relaxing day in the middle of Fontana Lake (about 3 hours west of Charlotte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park), when they spotted a deadly timber rattlesnake ‘swimming’ in the water.

Robbins and his family were enjoying a summer day on the lake when the timber rattlesnake slithered toward their boat. A passenger could capture a video of the terrifying scene. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.

The Knoxville, Tennessee, family captured the bizarre scene on video and posted the footage on Instagram. “Uninvited rattlesnake boards our boat on Fontana Lake,” Wayne Robbins titled his initial Instagram video post.

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Once a year we spend our day with the kids of @AdventureAmputeeCamp, incident-free. This year, an uninvited rattlesnake boarded our boat with campers on board! Two camp counselors out on our tube and 4 children with limb differences (and my 2 kids and wife) kept it mostly cool until I was able to get him off! Welcome to Lake Day on Fontana Lake! To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.com @absolut_cubana #snake #rattlesnake #fontanalake #mastercraftboats #lakelife

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