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Old January 13, 2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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Big Rattler From The Southern Woods...

How about this big ol' diamond back... He is 8 1/2' according to the story with it... I don't think they get much bigger than that...


Reckon you would hear that rattle???
I am guessing the fangs could be an inch or more in length and the venom gland could hold grams rather than milligrams of juice...

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Old January 14, 2013, 12:13 AM   #2
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Jeez, that almost made me **** my pants just seeing the photo.... I hate snakes... It wouldn't have to bite me, I'd have a heartattack from stumbling upon that one...
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Old January 14, 2013, 12:17 AM   #3
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I would check Snopes on this one - made the rounds before.
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Old January 14, 2013, 12:39 AM   #4
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Have seen some big ones on Brahma Island on Lake Kissimmee but nothing near that big.

The head on that feller is as wide as the guys lower leg that is holding him.
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Old January 14, 2013, 12:42 AM   #5
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I'd have to see it to believe it.
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Old January 14, 2013, 01:10 AM   #6
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Looks pretty darn big when holding it 4' closer to the camera than he is.
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Old January 14, 2013, 01:12 AM   #7
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dont tread on THAT guy
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Old January 14, 2013, 01:30 AM   #8
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I would check Snopes on this one - made the rounds before.
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Old January 14, 2013, 01:52 AM   #9
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Looks like forced perspective, to me.....
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Old January 14, 2013, 02:26 AM   #10
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i killed this 6 footer about 25 yrs ago when i lived in fl. it was big enough that i didnt care to find another one...



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Old January 14, 2013, 02:55 AM   #11
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Looks like forced perspective, to me.....
Yep...he's holding the snake out toward the camera on a two foot stick, so the snake is twice as close to the camera as the guy holding it.

aircorpnut's pic allows for a fairly accurate guess ...... provided the guy holsing the sanke is not 5' tall.
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Old January 14, 2013, 08:55 AM   #12
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While it may not be a full 8 1/2'... It is way more than a 6 footer... I am fortunate enuff to have handled many diamond backs from nearly new born (thought it was a pygmy at first thought) to 6 plus... One thing you can use for perspective is the guy's hands... they are pretty close to the snake... How do I know??? These big slobs are HEAVY so strength of nad and the stick holding it are required...

Count the diamonds... They may not show age but there are a snot load of them... Now look how many lesser defined diamonds on the aft section.... A bunch there too... Note the LARGE LONG black "button" section at the rattles... See how fat it is compared to the rattle??? NOW... Take note of the prize winning buzzer on the thing....

Aircorp nut has a nice 6 footer... I counted 15 defined diamonds from tail to shovel... Now from neck section on the one i posted, I skipped 3 or 4 diamonds at head then counted 15... You oughta try it... It is enlightening... There is 18-24 more inches of VERY FAT tail with the lighter coloration...

It may only be 7 feet long... Who wants to measure one that big while alive???

Here is a little one compared to the 2 already posted here...




While a respectable buzz tail, it is just a teenager compared to those...

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Old January 14, 2013, 12:08 PM   #13
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Even if it is 3 or 4 feet closer to the lens than the guy is, that is a monster rattler! Look at the size of the head compared to the body, and how fat the whole body is. My dad used to live in east Texas, and he had a 6 footer's skin nailed on the wall of the garage. It was a full 12"+ wide in the middle. Not for the faint of heart!!
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Old January 14, 2013, 01:40 PM   #14
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That is a small guy, based on where he stands in relation to the truck, and holding the snake as he is may make it appear bigger. But make no mistake, that is a big snake.
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Old January 14, 2013, 02:14 PM   #15
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He is large and I sure wouldn't want him near me alive. There shouldn't be any mistake hearing that rattle.
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Old January 14, 2013, 03:41 PM   #16
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We killed a big one in Tucson a few year ago, if I remember correctly it was right at 5 foot. It was a big snake, for sure. A jogger had run the road a minute or two before we killed it, I wonder if she ever even saw it. It was in the ditch, she must have run pretty close to it. Snakes don't bother me all that much, but the sight of that one made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
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Old January 14, 2013, 04:04 PM   #17
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Friend of mine was a snake hunter when I lived in NC and hunted by my house (Hendersonville area). We were playing with this one.





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Old January 14, 2013, 04:08 PM   #18
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Some more pics. He had pics (I've got them somewhere) of some that rival that one in the first pic. Mostly caught in the Everglades in Florida.



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Old January 14, 2013, 04:17 PM   #19
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At 8.5 feet and being and Eastern Diamondback, that would be a record length snake by 6".
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology...adamanteus.htm
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/news/yr2010/oc...4_rattler.html
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Old January 14, 2013, 04:53 PM   #20
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I don't think they keep accurate records. I've seen newspaper clippings my friend had where they were easily 9 feet and huge. I'm still digging trying to find those.
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Old January 14, 2013, 06:40 PM   #21
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Um yeah, they (wildlife and fisheries folks) keep accurate records of what is reported and verified. There were accounts in 2009 of a 15' rattler as well, but turned out to be a little over 7 feet. Somebody used forced perspective and inflated the claims.
http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/15ftrattler.asp

Unverified claims are just that, unverified.

Of course, maybe you mean this guy...
http://snugglynoodles.com/wordpress/...k-rattlesnake/
http://www.herpsofarkansas.com/forum...esnake-killed/

First, it is a different species. Second, you have forced perspective. It isn't 9'1" long. It also isn't 96 or 97 lbs.
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Old January 14, 2013, 08:09 PM   #22
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^ Thank you, I just did not feel like doing the leg work, just a lonely voice until now.
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Old January 14, 2013, 08:17 PM   #23
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I've eatten rattler in the mountains.
Pretty good stuff with garlic and onion
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Old January 14, 2013, 08:32 PM   #24
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Good thing that they aren't dangerous,
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Old January 14, 2013, 08:35 PM   #25
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Looks pretty darn big when holding it 4' closer to the camera than he is
+1. However, if it is only half as big in real life, I never want to stumble across one. I hate snakes.
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