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Old July 7, 2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Ran into this fella at the lease...

He was crossing the road as I pulled outa front gate...
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Old July 7, 2012, 11:36 AM   #2
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One very good looking rattler.............how big was he?

We normally just leave them be unless they are near a stand, which sense they are territorial can be a problem.......especially when reencountered in the dark..............
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Old July 7, 2012, 12:01 PM   #3
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He was about 4 1/2 ft....

Timber rattlers are a protected species here....Last I saw him..he was headed for cover....
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Old July 7, 2012, 12:10 PM   #4
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I have no idea why any kind of rattlesnake would be a protected species. It wouldn't bother me one bit if they and all other venomous snakes became extinct.
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Old July 7, 2012, 12:20 PM   #5
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I guess I'm one of a few that have no problem with snakes...I see one of these things every couple years....
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Old July 7, 2012, 12:32 PM   #6
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I'm right there with ya, Keg. I came across a few rattlers when I lived in Nevada. They scared the bejeezus out of me the first couple of times, but eventually I learned to just give 'em some space and walk away.

As for wishing them to be extinct, just think of all the mice, rats and other little walking disease farms that would be overrunning us if snakes disappeared ... not a pretty picture
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Old July 7, 2012, 12:37 PM   #7
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I believe the hogs have thinned out the population in these parts....
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Old July 7, 2012, 01:02 PM   #8
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Plenty of other, non-venomous, snakes eat the creepy-crawlies.

I for one could also do without them.

Looks like a female from what I can see of the tail. At least according to my copy of Audubon Society guide.

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Old July 7, 2012, 01:40 PM   #9
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He looks a lot like the Canebrake Rattlesnakes we sometimes see down here, close to the Georgia border. It's always a treat because they're less common than the Diamondbacks or Pygmies. I always leave them alone or move them to a better location.
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Old July 7, 2012, 02:18 PM   #10
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Scout..after doing some more checking...I thought timber rattlers were one and the same...not so.....This is a canebrake....

The canebrake rattlesnake is a heavy-bodied snake. Color is pale grayish-brown to pink, with a pattern of dark-brown to black V-shaped cross bands and a russet stripe down the centerline of the back. (The rusty stripe distinguishes a canebrake from a common timber rattler.) A broad, dark stripe angles back from the eye, and the tail is velvety black.

SIZE: Adults average 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length, but some individuals reach lengths of 180 cm (6 ft.)
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Old July 7, 2012, 09:00 PM   #11
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I was going to say canebreak, also. Snakes don't bother me much, either. Remember, rattlers usually have a strike range about half their length...
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Old July 8, 2012, 02:22 AM   #12
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How did it taste?
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Old July 8, 2012, 05:03 AM   #13
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Old July 8, 2012, 06:48 AM   #14
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I think they eat diamond backs...I have'nt got that hungry yet....
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Old July 8, 2012, 07:02 AM   #15
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I can normally get along with a rattler that gives warning he's threatened. I just can't stand those cotton mouths and copperheads. Most of those that I come across seem to have an attitude problem. Of course I'm more than happy to fix it for them when I find one.
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Old July 8, 2012, 07:39 AM   #16
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I've heard that chicken tastes a lot like rattlesnake.
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Old July 8, 2012, 12:03 PM   #17
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Leave them alone and give them their space. They do much more good than harm. They are just one of the things that you have to watch out for when afield. Next thing you know, hunters will want grain fed deer with a warm hut overlooking the feeding site. Oh wait.................they already have that!
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Old July 8, 2012, 02:50 PM   #18
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Leave them alone and give them their space. They do much more good than harm. They are just one of the things that you have to watch out for when afield. Next thing you know, hunters will want grain fed deer with a warm hut overlooking the feeding site. Oh wait.................they already have that!

A lotta truth in that post. I believe those same hunters want all predators and non-game species eliminated from the field so that all that is left is dumbed down domesticated deer and pen raised pheasants. That way they have a chance of takin' somethin' home.
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Old July 8, 2012, 06:57 PM   #19
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I think they eat diamond backs...I have'nt got that hungry yet....
They're tasty. Don't be scared.
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Old July 8, 2012, 07:07 PM   #20
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That's a beauty...

They are part of the woods, leave 'em be to do their thing. All they want to do with us is to be left alone and able to go about their business. What a handsome animal. It would be a treat to see one.


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Old July 8, 2012, 07:17 PM   #21
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I'm not a snake guy and that thing would have freaked me out for a long, long time. I almost stepped on a baby rattler in Wyoming my first trip out West and almost packed in the trip right then.
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Old July 8, 2012, 08:03 PM   #22
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I've been around a lot of prarie rattlers, never really got into killing them. They were fairly nice about the whole thing, rattle, rattle, rattle, go away I'm a rattle snake. I only ended up killing a couple and that was because I ended up in situations that left them feeling threatened and me cornered. My rancher buddies felt differently, said they killed the cattle and killed them on sight. I might have been tempted to take a shot at the one you saw though, what an amazing hide/skin on that snake!
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Old July 9, 2012, 10:12 AM   #23
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Damn! Great pic. I ran across a nice 3' Pacific Rattler when I was out hunting wabbits day before yesterday. I was sooooo mad at myself for forgetting my camera phone in he car...
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Old July 9, 2012, 10:53 AM   #24
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Almost fishy, whole lotta ribs. Won't eat diamond back again
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Old July 9, 2012, 11:16 AM   #25
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I agree with ricky, they look tastier on those survivor shows than they really are. The taste is not what I would call a delicacy. Problem with giving them their space here is southeastern, Oklahoma is that you are generally on top of one before you see him.

People who don't spend a lot of time in the woods, wouldn't know the rattling sound if they heard it, and for those of us who are a little hard of hearing, the rattle doesn't help us much anyway.

I don't believe in killing every one I see, as they do have a purpose in the eco-system, but it sure wouldn't hurt my feelings if they blew a horn instead of rattle.
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