We found another area at Metro Park for the boys to explore, and in this place they could walk right out into the water, which they went wading and exploring.
They spotted the water snake, and decided to follow it! They were pretty brave I thought, because I would have gone right out of there. However, they are boys, and their curiosity is high.
The water snake is a nonpoisonous one, and was just a baby. I urged them to get out of the water, but they diverted their attention to some other things after that. They went on looking for shell fishes and no long interested in the snake.