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Cindi    Posted 06-25-2003 at 19:55:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
...Jake was moving the tractor and saw a rattlesnake come from the palmettos, go halfway across the driveway and then it saw him and turned around and went back into the palmettos. I didn't see the snake, but I saw the trail. Jake came to the house for the shotgun and by the time we got back out there the snake had moved on.

In the path of the snake was a dead hen. She was still warm and limber with no signs of injury. Is it possible that the snake killed this chicken that fast? If he bit her, it was either on the way out or on the way in, so the time that elapsed couldn't have been more than two minutes tops. The snake was about four feet long according to Jake, and judging from the trail, about 1.5 inches in diameter.

Ludwig    Posted 06-26-2003 at 07:25:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm SOME glad we don't get those up here. In my years surveying and in Boy Scouts I'm sure to have gotten bit...

Jimbob    Posted 06-26-2003 at 06:18:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
We do have rattlesnakes up here in Northern lower MI. I have never seen one in the 20 years I lived here, but some have. I do not believe they get 4 feet long in our area.

bob ny    Posted 06-26-2003 at 03:59:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
cindi you keep thst thing down there i sure don't want it up here in gods country they have rattlers on the one side of our mountain and not on the other i side don't ask why i just try to stay away from them have a happy

williamf    Posted 06-26-2003 at 01:52:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's possible, but usually they don't strike to kill without reason; either to eat or to keep from being eaten. I sure wouldn't eat that chicken, though.

williamf    Posted 06-26-2003 at 02:13:22       [Reply]  [No Email]

We don't get the giant diamondbacks here; they're down on the coast. And down there in Florida. What we have are timber rattlers. This one was four-foot-eight.

Be Phlatt    Posted 06-25-2003 at 20:52:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with Jimbob about that "rattler" killing your chicken that fast....those are some fierce looking creatures careful ,here's some reading material about their bite....Phlatt

Cindi    Posted 06-26-2003 at 04:42:22       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is the first thing I saw when I opened your link and the hair on the back of my neck went straight up!

Something killed that chicken and very recently. She was a very healthy hen. I have to assume it wa him. Dam I wish we had gotten him.

Jimbob    Posted 06-25-2003 at 20:25:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
A large rattler like that could kill a chicken fast.

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