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SNAKES...

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by RWA6541, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. RORY12553

    RORY12553 Minister of Fire

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    I would be scared to make a comment Scotty looks like a pretty big guy!

    I also have some snakes which like to come out while i'm mowing the lawn...honestly first time they came out I screeched like a little girl! HAHAHHAHA

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  2. Pat53

    Pat53 Minister of Fire

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    Same here. I live on a small lake and we like our frogs here. I kill ALL garter and pine snakes. Whacked a huge 5' pine snake last week out by my koi pond, and later that day stomped a 3' garter snake that was eating a huge toad. Unfortunately, it was too late for the toad, but there were 2 less "frog-eaters" at the end of the day.

    I've never had any problem with mice, besides this area has lots of hawks, owls, foxes and coyotes. They probably do a fine job keeping the mice in check. Besides, I'm sure I only see (kill) a small percentage of the pine snakes that are in the area.
  3. iskiatomic

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    I have mentioned it before. Three things that scare me. 1 running out of beer, 2 snakes, 3 fat chicks. Not always in that order.

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    Jack Daniels Fishing Story I went fishing this morning but after a short time I ran out of worms. Then I saw a cottonmouth
    with a frog in his mouth. Frogs are good bass bait.

    Knowing the snake couldn't bite me with the frog in his mouth I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in my bait bucket.
    Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bit. So, I grabbed my bottle of
    Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in its mouth. His eyes rolled back, he went limp.

    I released him into the lake without incident and carried on fishing using the
    A little later, I felt a nudge on my foot. It was that snake, with two more frogs.
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  4. ScotO

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    Timber rattlers are EVERYWHERE here in the central PA mountains. My hunting buddy catches them all summer, FOR FUN. Yes, he's NUTS.......he's been bitten several times, and never went to get an antidote. He's got some immunity to them now, I think. He's caught literally HUNDREDS of them over the past several years, in woodpiles, stone slides and dens on the mountain. He even brings one home from time to time so he can "play" with it. Yes I said he was nuts, I meant it.......
  5. osagebow

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    lotsa snakes here in western VA...had trouble loading pics, I'll try PBkt . Lots of copperheadsthese 2 were in my yard. We have 2 morphs of timber rattlers, both of these were in nearby yards.[​IMG]


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  6. osagebow

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    some more... The first is a black rat - good to have around. The second Milksnake will actually eat smaller venomous snakes if it is big enough., but gets killed due to it's brown markings

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  7. bad69bird

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    Funny, I too have a koi pond and came across one laying in my stream bottom, scared the hell outta me as i was stepping over it, I put my fears aside when it comes to protecting my koi
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  8. osagebow

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    Scotty, I'm 32-1 with copperheads. Usually relocate them to the natl forest.One finallty got me picking the garden, didn't see her at all!
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  9. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I welcome garter snakes in the garden.
    The common one we have here supposedly eat slugs and they are welcome to dine on them in my garden 24/7.

    Used to have a couple of good sized black racers sunning in the yews outside the front door, but I haven't seen them for a couple of years now.
  10. firefighterjake

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    For some reason I read/heard this as if Samuel L. Jackson was saying it.
  11. begreen

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    Our third day in India and my son had to try this out. Yes, they are cobras, defanged, I sincerely hope.

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  12. Mesquite

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    Here is a small rattler. Right outside my back door.

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  13. osagebow

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    Great pic Mesquite -that's a pretty rattler!
    begreen - cool shot!
  14. Mesquite

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    Thanks Osagebow. I have quite a few diamond backs on film taken through the years. If I can figure out how to shrink it, I will post one taken a year ago February on the ranch. Most people never see this in their lifetime. Rattlesnakes mating.

    Give me a few minutes to figure this out & I will put it up here.
  15. Mesquite

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    OK, my old brain finally figured it out. Here is the picture I mentioned above. Taken February 2011 at my ranch in South Texas.

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    Great picture. Both are smiling.
    Off the trail looks pretty thick & dry, great place for them to hide.
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    I have a brave body, but my legs wont stay under it when something like this is close...:oops:
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    The pic of the two trying to get it on...only thing I can say is "two in one shot".;sick
  19. Pat53

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    EXACTLY, was just thinking the same thing. 12 gauge w/ full choke at 15 yards would smoke 'em both !!
  20. firecracker_77

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    I have zero tolerance for snakes, and around here, they are harmless. I won't even mess with the wood pile in the overgrowth area where I have alot on unsplit rounds strewn about. I would love to split that, but it's going to wait until the colder weather returns and the snakes hibernate.
  21. RWA6541

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    Good snake stories, you guys that like em and I know a few too I'll never get that... I've been a half assed gardener my whole life and one thing that really bothers me from getting into it big time is snakes Heard a story once from a guy who sailed southern pacific waters, he said one day they opened up the sea water strainers to clean and some wild sea snake come flying out like and scared the crap out of him, I would've s--t myself. I keep shovels and a 410 handy for all these little critters everybody mentioned, I have a good deal of Owls around, my neighbor is a big rabbit hunter he hates Owls
  22. eclecticcottage

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    About all we get are garters, but I've never seen one at the Cottage. We used to have a nest next to our house at the Old House until the $#%$% crows cleared it out one year. If we weren't in the city, I'd have had some bird shot loaded and a lot less crows pretty quick that year. Used to get 40-50 garters coming out of hibernation from that spot every spring. I like snakes. I wish we ahd some of the bigger ones (like Rats or Milksnakes) around to work on the mouse population here at the Cottage. Dang field mice, hate the little fur balls. Rodents are a lot more destructive than snakes.
  23. ScotO

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    Here's some pics of a couple my buddy caught on some of our archery scouting trips a few summers ago. First pic is a yellow phase timber rattler that is still in the molting process. I think that is one of the prettiest snakes out there when they are in that phase. The second one is out of the same logpile, on its normal colors. Both snakes were around 3 1/2 to 4' long.....

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  24. red oak

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    I had a black snake a few years back that lived in my wood pile. Every afternoon it would slither up on top of the stacks for some sun. I don't mind them at all, in fact I remember doing some splitting close to the stacks and it was just watching me for awhile. Now I will kill poisonous snakes but they usually don't come near the house, at least not where I can see them.
  25. Jags

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    Scotty - you would be amazed at how fast those things would have ended up dead if I were there. Ninja like reactions - "hiiiiYA!" Dead.
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