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Desert Captain

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Posted: 03/20/13 09:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For those of you in or coming to the southwest a cautionary reminder about our rattlesnake population. Spring has sprung as we are on our second straight week of mid to high 80 degree temps. The snakes have been denned up all winter and with the warmer weather they are very active and aggressive.

In short they are all out looking for a meal and a mate, not necessarily in that order and being hungry and horny does nothing to improve their already nasty dispositions. I spent five years working on the local golf courses as a Marshall and every spring it was the same. You are likely to encounter them at any time of day or night, never walk anywhere at night without a good flashlight. This time of year if you see a rattlesnake I can almost guarantee you there is another nearby and it is the one you don't see that can really ruin your day. This is the only time of year I ever had one actually come after me... probably because I was trying to move a potential mate and they are a lot quicker than you might think.

Be especially cautious with your pets as well. The anti venom is unbelievably expensive for people or pets and not every medical insurance plan covers it. The basic rule is simply to never, and I mean NEVER, put your hands or feet where you cannot see. Keep in mind that the natural camouflage of the rattlesnake is unbelievably effective and no they don't always rattle a warning. Be safe out there!

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Posted: 03/20/13 09:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They make tasty hors d'oeuvres.


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I just spent three hours plowing sixteen inches of snow, but I will look under the next drift and see if those hungry and "honey" snakes have started to move about. I sure don't want to be bleed by one of those nasty's! Enjoy the nice weather.

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DC,

Timely topic... I had just posted a pic in Truck Campers
of a visitor we had last weekend. (one of two visitors)...
The Western DiamondBack... a more venomous variety.

We had our dog go thru snake avoidance training when he was
pup as we live, recreate in the Desert.

I do admit to enjoying seeing them in their natural habitat...
on the hunt.

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In late summer we were checking into an rv park in Golden, Colorado. A sign on the door read "beware of rattle snakes, they have been spotted here" or words to that affect. I heard a voice behind us saying something like "what are rattle snakes" and thought someone was making a bad joke. It turned out the group was from the United Kingdom and had no idea that rattle snakes existed.


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thanks for the heads up as we are leaving for AZ tomorrow afternoon. I know they are in the Phoenix area as I have seen them in our friends back yard. I was at the flea market and talking to some guy who told me that if I killed a snake in AZ that I have to cut the head off and bury the head so the bees don't get into the venom and then the bee bites you and it is the same as being bit by the snake. sounds like good advise even here in Oregon.

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Please don't kill the snakes. I don't much like them myself, but they eat small rodents and are a necessary part of the food chain.


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Tiger4x4RV wrote:

Please don't kill the snakes. I don't much like them myself, but they eat small rodents and are a necessary part of the food chain.


Sorry, but I will get a rat trap!


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When you go out hiking try to stomp every so often to warn the snakes that a big animal is going by, they do not have ears but will sense vibration from the ground and hide or get out of Dodge.

It is the ones that are startled or cornered that will srtike in defence, we also have Side Winders, and Gila Monsters, the saliva is poisonus, look but do not touch.

Never, never, never step over a stone or log, always look and see if there is a snake curled behind or just under the log or stone, do not let fido run loose, that is how the dogs get bitten.

Also never pick a rock from your side, if there is something under it it will strike in the direction of the movement, towards you, pick or move the object with a waklking stick.

You are in theire habitat, they are important to keep the rodent population in check, we have mice that have the Anta virus, the more snakes the less rodents.

Be safe out there

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old guy wrote:

thanks for the heads up as we are leaving for AZ tomorrow afternoon. I know they are in the Phoenix area as I have seen them in our friends back yard. I was at the flea market and talking to some guy who told me that if I killed a snake in AZ that I have to cut the head off and bury the head so the bees don't get into the venom and then the bee bites you and it is the same as being bit by the snake. sounds like good advise even here in Oregon.
Did that guy at the flea market have an "old wife" with him? That is one of their tales. Can't happen.


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