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Jul 23, 2021 - 1:00:56 PM
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10449 posts since 8/22/2006

That this many happen in the world

snakesarelong.blogspot.com/201....html?m=1

Came close very close to being bit by a copperhead last week. Little pecker wood was right smack dab in my path to my dog’s pen didn’t not see the SOB until I walked back to our porch almost stepped right on it. The exact same path I took.

just noticed the date of the article but still a lot of snake bites

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 07/23/2021 13:02:54

Jul 23, 2021 - 2:33:32 PM
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PaulRF

Australia

3230 posts since 2/1/2012

Great read, thank you. I have seen a lot of snakes and running into one was always on my mind when I use to metal detect for gold.

Paul

Jul 24, 2021 - 3:40:47 AM
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Originally posted by PaulRF

Great read, thank you. I have seen a lot of snakes and running into one was always on my mind when I use to metal detect for gold.

Paul


I'd much rather run into a rattlesnake here than pretty much anything you guys have there Paul wink

Jul 24, 2021 - 4:02:20 AM
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58106 posts since 12/14/2005

Well, for goodness' snakes!
Nice to know I'm relatively safe from a fatal bite.

And, speaking of relatives:
I was visiting kinfolk in Oklahoma, some years back.
Stepped out onto the porch one fine morning, headed down the steps.
Saw a large and patterned snake on one of the steps, took and extra-long step past it, as I was moving too fast to stop.
Also, while stepping, focused on the head.
Was it triangular, like a rattler, or more oval?
Ahh, good... OVAL!

The snake slid under the porch, and out of sight.

I don't know what the AVERAGE growth rate is for non-venemous species out West, but that particular snake gets four to six inches longer, every time I tell the story!

Jul 24, 2021 - 6:59:10 AM
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oly

USA

1451 posts since 5/27/2006

I've come across several rattle snakes at work, (on the airport ramp) and out in the hills while hunting. All were running, err slithering away when they were spotted. I've only had one coil up and try striking at me. That one didn't last long. We have the pigmy prairie rattlers in our area, and we do occasionally get them in town. I was fixing a water leak at my house, after finding the leak, I was running around the back to shut the water off when a small garden snake went slithering by my feet, I don't remember yelling or anything, but three volunteer firemen showed up at the fire hall thinking they heard the whistle blow .

Jul 24, 2021 - 10:51:58 AM

2389 posts since 7/20/2004

When I was stationed at Medina, TX with the Navy, we had so many rattlesnakes around the base that we were authorized to wear wellington boots instead of issue footware. The AF gate guards used to get a big kick out of killing one, then coiling it up at night just outside the cone of light from the guardhouse on the path back out to the parking lot.

Jul 24, 2021 - 2:02:18 PM
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754 posts since 10/4/2018

I went to the Desert Botanical gardens near Mesa Az. and while exploring one of the native dwellings, I was warmly greeted by a rattler, coiled up in the hearth of an adobe building. I calmly started walking backwards and finally bumped into one of my aunts who was just entering, and told her to turn around slowly and explained what was happening outside of the house. My heart was racing a bit, but that wasn't the first or last time I ran into poisonous snakes.

Jul 24, 2021 - 2:13:24 PM

10449 posts since 8/22/2006

I’m only liking your comment because their’s no omg! Washington Team Football! gtfoh!emoji!! did you have a change of shorts with you??

Jul 24, 2021 - 2:30:31 PM

962 posts since 10/31/2007

Supposedly no poisonous snakes in Maine. I suspect there are some near NH, but after years of working in the woods, I never saw one.
Another reason to live in Maine, but you should stay away, it is too cold for you! (you know who you are!)

Jul 24, 2021 - 3:34:29 PM

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Many years ago, when I went to summer camp in the Berkshires, the camp's nature counselor told us that there were no rattlesnakes or coyotes in New England. (I suspect the Hudson river and Lakes George & Champlain made a pretty good moat after the early settlers wiped them out.)

I know coyotes came back over 40 years ago, and I'm fairly sure rattlesnakes have returned as well. Ah, for the good-old, viper-free days, I know people who have seen coyotes in Metro-West Massachusetts, but none who've encoountered rattlers.

Jul 24, 2021 - 8:51:13 PM

10449 posts since 8/22/2006

You guys are not going to believe this but maybe you will. I just dispatched my second Copperhead in a two week period. Went out to feed Murph the wonder dog. This one was about two 1/2 feet long. This one was getting into my dog’s pen about four inches in side. Got the old trusty shovel and the rest is history. I’m beginning to see a pattern here. Maybe I need to get rid of my dog

Jul 25, 2021 - 6:22:10 AM
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Originally posted by 5B-Ranch

You guys are not going to believe this but maybe you will. I just dispatched my second Copperhead in a two week period. Went out to feed Murph the wonder dog. This one was about two 1/2 feet long. This one was getting into my dog’s pen about four inches in side. Got the old trusty shovel and the rest is history. I’m beginning to see a pattern here. Maybe I need to get rid of my dog


That's a big copperhead, at least in these parts. Keep the dog but you may want to get rid of the pen. Years ago our two pups slept in an outside pen with a dog house. For a variety of reasons (kids wanting to sleep with them, them barking at a possum and squirrel that loved to torment them, etc.) we moved them inside for sleeping and I moved the pen elsewhere for a place to confine them during the day. When I moved the dog house there were 3 or 4 snakes underneath, including one pretty big one. They slithered away before I could ID them. I'm guessing they were attracted to the shelter plus any bugs or other small critters that we attracted to the dogs space. We never left food out but there was probably a few "leftovers" lying around plus they always had water.

I also killed a copperhead in our laundry. The same dogs as above didn't even smell it, but when my wife stepped on it the scream could be heard for miles. Fortunately it didn't bite, and a shovel saved the day.

Edited by - Ron Lacey on 07/25/2021 06:23:08

Jul 25, 2021 - 12:51:03 PM

1558 posts since 7/14/2004

No snakes here in AK. Not even the mythical Snow snake. But that could change as the climate heats up.  Stay tuned.

Jul 25, 2021 - 2:28:30 PM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26333 posts since 8/3/2003

As far as I'm concerned, the only good snake is a dead snake.

We have rattlers here in West Texas.

Years ago when we were down in our place in Big Bend, I took my poodle out early one morning and when I came back to the trailer, there was a rattler curled up on the patio! Went in the back door and told Dave and he got a shovel and chopped it's head off. It's a wonder one of us or both of us didn't get bit.

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