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With all this talk about snakes I got one today!
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Willy-N    Posted 06-14-2004 at 20:09:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
It was only a 3 1/2 ft Timber Rattler with 7 1/2 Buttons on it tail. Did not put up much of a fight one good wack on the head with a stick and I thru it in the back of the truck. Shelby skined it tonight and it is being tanned. As long as they don't let me see them they are OK but when in my path they get hung on the wall. I do not hunt them! Mark H.


Texas    Posted 06-15-2004 at 04:44:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Psssssssssst Willy...I wouldnt post you whacked a timber rattler...seems they are on the threatened species list. :)


Just the same, I whack them too.


E. G.    Posted 06-15-2004 at 09:34:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
i did`nt know they were protected, but here it is.
i like snakes and enjoy catching and releasing
them and try not to hurt one unless there is no
choice. i`m not a herbatologist but i have been
handling snakes for most of my life. i used to
make some nice hat bands and belts until i got
a little older and decided that they look better
curled up on the ground.


Willy-N    Posted 06-15-2004 at 08:45:16       [Reply]  [No Email]

My Daughter corrected me they were "Western Rattle Snakes" Native to our area East of the Cascades. Mark H.


Dieselrider    Posted 06-15-2004 at 04:34:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
If they were in around the farm buildings or pastures I might have to kill one but, If they be out in the woods I let em be. They are a good way to keep chipmunks and such in control. I haven't run into any rattlers or copperheads around here, mostly black snakes and garter snakes. Black snakes are good to have around. Had a couple young black snakes coming in the basement a few years ago and the one kept coming back. It seemed to have a real thing for the electric panel. It would lie on top of the electric box in the basement. That one I finally killed, I got tired of pulling it off the electric panel. My wife found a six footer stretched across the kitchen floor a couple years ago. I took that one out back and let it loose. Part of being in the country.


Willy-N    Posted 06-15-2004 at 08:43:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have lots of snakes but only the Rattles bother me around here. The rest are left alone to get mice and other things under control. Mark H.


Clod    Posted 06-14-2004 at 20:12:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Snakes are dangerous to nomal folks but not beauricrats, Thats why they love them.


toolman    Posted 06-14-2004 at 20:17:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
thats one thing we don,t have to worry about over here is rattlers, too cold for them.


Willy-N    Posted 06-14-2004 at 20:28:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
As soon as it warms up they come out around here. A year ago one was in the Garden. It allmost got Shelby when she was picking some Squash. That is when I declared war on them! That one is also hanging on the wall. Getting 4 in 8 years is not bad but I do watch for them. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 06-14-2004 at 20:37:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
i spent a summer down , in hedly just west of kermeos, it was so hot they were comming down out of the mountains and crawling all over everybody lawns because they were watering the lawns, we were killing them all over the place , because people were worried about thir kids and pets.


Willy-N    Posted 06-14-2004 at 20:56:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Funny you said that! I was thinking about them getting even with hundreds crawing all over the place it would be hard to get them knowing there right behind you too!! I worry about our dogs tieing into one but they seem not to like snakes and just bark at them. My old lab would jump right in and shake them so hard they never had a chance to bite befor they were all broke up. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 06-14-2004 at 21:08:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
hedly is just a little smal place probably not a hundred people then, we would go for a walk at night and you could hear there rattles all over , just had to stay off lawns, guy down at the gas station had a bunch he caught in a cage for the toursists to look at.im not much for snakes , not many around here few garter snakes thats about all.


E. G.    Posted 06-15-2004 at 09:24:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have copperheads, watermoccasin/cottonmouth
and a nice variety of rattlesnakes in ne okla,
and the cottonmouth is the one i worry about
getting on. here is a neat web site with photos
of snakes.


toolman    Posted 06-15-2004 at 10:40:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks, E.G.interesting site , maybe i can learn more about them, we don,t have alot where i live now .lots of useful imformation on there too .


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