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Re: Rattlers [Re: Savell] #6593511
08/12/19 10:17 PM
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Robert Lee, TEXAS
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Originally Posted by Savell
Bullet.....I’ve only ever seen a few here in the wild in east Texas, and they were young....the Lufkin zoo has one with a head the size of a softball lol.... let that one rise up from the other side of a stump from me and there wouldn’t be enough protection in the world to keep me from drawing and firing all six in that thing lol


Brother Dave had one on his deer lease, that was big enough to set off a game camera...

It was a hoss...

A friend of mine had a picture of one that his Grandfather took care of back in the 40"s and that durn thing was a long as a piece of well rope...


Good Luck and God Bless you and yours,

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TEXAS



Even sheep are smart enough to shade up when it gets over 100....
Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6593551
08/12/19 11:08 PM
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Always heard they swim with their rattles out of the water. This one didn’t.

Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6593584
08/12/19 11:59 PM
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Here in these swampy piney woods the timber rattlers live in the bays, bottoms, sloughs, drier creek and high river bluffs...mostly the edges where uplands and wetlands meet.....but they aren't scared of water.


The Diamondbacks mostly stick to the uplands...especially the sandy ridges.


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Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6593593
08/13/19 12:21 AM
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Central, SD
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Nothing gets your attention like the buzzing of a rattler, walk up on a den of them sunning on a warm fall day and you can move your head like an owl! LOL


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6593610
08/13/19 02:53 AM
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The only poisonous snakes I have ever seen in he wild were both itty bitty Massasaugas right around 18 inches, neither had rattles.

For those who know the area the first was here in Wisconsin, just north of lacrosse a place called van loon, with seven bridges road running through it.

I was bow hunting in late October around 1990 on an unusually hot fall day. I had seen several different snakes on my way in, then I saw a snake I did not recognize. I had recently moved from Minnesota and thought the only poisonous snake in Wisconsin were timber rattlers.

So as l looked at this snake trying to figure out what it never occurred to me that it may be poisonous, as it clearly was not a timber.

So like a complete moron, I poked it with my bow a few times to change his course of travel.

Then I decided I wanted a closer look so I picked him up by the middle of his body.

I saw him turn his head and look at my hand. I never saw him move forward, I just saw him pulling back and I saw the fangs retract, and I thought, well that was stupid...

A lot more happened that day but that was my first poisonous snake in the wild. I heard many rattling in the dark in the desert, but never saw them.

Anyone else been bitten?

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Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6593715
08/13/19 08:38 AM
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Peoria County Illinois
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We have massasaugas here. The big ones are as big as your forearm and about 3' long. Those are the only poisonous snakes here. I have only seen one. Glad we do not have any others.


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Re: Rattlers [Re: Todd R] #6593720
08/13/19 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Larry Baer
We have massasaugas here. The big ones are as big as your forearm and about 3' long. Those are the only poisonous snakes here. I have only seen one. Glad we do not have any others.

Originally Posted by Todd R
The only poisonous snakes I have ever seen in he wild were both itty bitty Massasaugas right around 18 inches, neither had rattles.

For those who know the area the first was here in Wisconsin, just north of lacrosse a place called van loon, with seven bridges road running through it.

I was bow hunting in late October around 1990 on an unusually hot fall day. I had seen several different snakes on my way in, then I saw a snake I did not recognize. I had recently moved from Minnesota and thought the only poisonous snake in Wisconsin were timber rattlers.

So as l looked at this snake trying to figure out what it never occurred to me that it may be poisonous, as it clearly was not a timber.

So like a complete moron, I poked it with my bow a few times to change his course of travel.

Then I decided I wanted a closer look so I picked him up by the middle of his body.

I saw him turn his head and look at my hand. I never saw him move forward, I just saw him pulling back and I saw the fangs retract, and I thought, well that was stupid...

A lot more happened that day but that was my first poisonous snake in the wild. I heard many rattling in the dark in the desert, but never saw them.

Anyone else been bitten?


I have a long time ago through my own stupidity by a small Timber rattler that I was teasing for fun hurt like h&&& but I learned my lesson to give them the respect they deserve

Glad they took the bounty off them here even though at the time I made extra money killing them for it back when I was a kid because even back then they were getting hard to find





�Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.�
― Robert A. Heinlein
Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6593731
08/13/19 09:08 AM
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I have had many encounters with rattlers. Snake gaurds are used anytime working on fencing etc.. Need to be very observent and have your hearing aids turn up full blast. Lol
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Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6593741
08/13/19 09:40 AM
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Typically, Idaho doesn't have big rattlesnakes like further south. Where I live, there are prairie rattlesnakes, and a 48" snake is about as long as they get.

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Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6593805
08/13/19 11:03 AM
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we have timbers and have seen some very pretty ones, from almost all black to some with amazing reds and yellow dorsal stripes.

came across this guys several years ago - he was high up (for VA anyways, over 3500') in late may.
my brother walked right over him, but he never rattled once. not even when i moved him off the trail

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Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6593938
08/13/19 03:10 PM
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I note a bunch of rattles on his tail. Here in the Adirondacks they inhabit the mountains along the shores of Lake George and Lake Champlain. Two color phases;black and yellow. I used to look for them to photograph. Never killed any snake. My experience is that they are shy creatures and would rather get away from you. Did have one rattle at me one time at a picnic table at an island campsite in Lake George. He was out hunting was attracted by the lantern on the table.

Nice photo !

Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6594062
08/13/19 07:12 PM
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Western New York
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Protected or not if I see one it will be past tense


Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6594117
08/13/19 08:37 PM
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A lot of venomous snakes have some striking markings. And I know they have an important purpose.

If I run across one on its "turf" I will do my best to give it a wide berth and move on... If I run across one on my turf... barn, chicken coop, woodpile etc... They're done for, protected or not.

Mike


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Re: Rattlers [Re: coyote44] #6594132
08/13/19 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by coyote44
Protected or not if I see one it will be past tense


Why?


Real name = Eric
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Re: Rattlers [Re: Gulo] #6594133
08/13/19 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Gulo
Typically, Idaho doesn't have big rattlesnakes like further south. Where I live, there are prairie rattlesnakes, and a 48" snake is about as long as they get.

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Jack


Jack, that's a phenomenal photo.


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Re: Rattlers [Re: Swamp Wolf] #6594202
08/13/19 10:17 PM
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Montana
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Re: Rattlers [Re: Taximan] #6594218
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Any of you folks that live where there are lots of feral hogs noticed a decline in snake population?

Re: Rattlers [Re: etxwoods] #6594270
08/13/19 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by etxwoods
Any of you folks that live where there are lots of feral hogs noticed a decline in snake population?

No.


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Re: Rattlers [Re: nightlife] #6594273
08/13/19 11:47 PM
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Did you have to go through the anti venom?

I had a reaction to it that was far worse than the bite itself.

Re: Rattlers [Re: Wild_Idaho] #6594279
08/13/19 11:55 PM
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Exactly, they are just like a bee, don't mess with them, and you don't get bit.

I didn't even kill the one that bit me.

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