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pitbulllady
05-26-2008, 09:05 PM
I decided to do a new wax job on the Cruiser today, with the weather being nice and me having the day off from work for Memorial Day. I was finishing up on the roof of the car, standing on the front floor board, and before stepping down, happened to look down, and saw THIS little fella stretched out on the ground under my feet:

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In case any of you aren't "snake savvy", this is a young Canebrake Rattlesnake(Crotalus horridus atricaudatus), one of the most-venomous snakes in North America. One thing is for certain, ONE of us would have been in for a world of hurt if I hadn't looked down first before stepping down from the Stude's floorboards! I literally had to jump over this guy to go get the Midwest snake tongs out of my pickup truck, but now he's safely enclosed in a custom-made venomous snake container, hoping to find a new home with a venomous reptile collector soon. He had apparently been underneath the car the whole time I'd been waxing it and decided to pick that moment to change locations.

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Cravin
05-26-2008, 09:09 PM
WOW! you carry snake tongs? I'd love to see the rest of the toys on your utility belt. :)

63t-cab
05-26-2008, 09:12 PM
Hey if I saw that below my feet I'd have raceing stripes,and they would'nt be on my Studebaker!!!

Joseph R. Zeiger

BobPalma
05-26-2008, 09:12 PM
:) YEOW!

Guido
05-26-2008, 09:40 PM
quote:Originally posted by Cravin

WOW! you carry snake tongs? I'd love to see the rest of the toys on your utility belt. :) If I recall, Sharon also has a bunch of tarantulas.

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61hawk
05-26-2008, 09:52 PM
Had it been me there would have been a shotgun blast heard shortly after what could only have been described as a woman scream.

Guess I don't understand the "deadliest snake in America" and "put him in my house" part.

barnlark
05-26-2008, 10:11 PM
I was trying to figure out by the size of that print on the paper how long that "little fella" is, but decided he was just as venomous short as long. If he's small is there a chance his brothers and sisters are stude fans, too and nearby? Tongs in the back of your pickup truck...gotta love that! I only have golf clubs in the back of my truck. Embarrassing. Thanks for sharing...most fun here all month!

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torker
05-26-2008, 10:18 PM
Very interesting, PBL! Glad you could deal appropriately with the situation. I frequently encounter snakes around here, but most are of the Kingsnake family which actually are beneficial to people. They can grow fairly large, too.[:0]

StudeDave57
05-26-2008, 10:19 PM
That snake does not look happy!!! [:0] [:o)] :D
Did you wake him/her [?] [?] [?]

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52 Ragtop
05-26-2008, 10:27 PM
Well, If that would have been me! There would be one DEAD snake! and I would also need a change of shorts! I hate snakes!

When I first moved into our house, neighbor knocked on my door and asked what I knew about snakes, as he found a 5 foot black snake in his front yard! I told him i knew enough to stay INSIDE and closed the door!

Did I mention, I hate snakes!

Jim

whacker
05-26-2008, 11:01 PM
When I lived out in the Nebraska sand hills, I encountered snakes pretty often. About half the time they were rattlers. They are more afaid of you than you are of them. If you just leave them alone, they will usually just go away. One thing you learn out there tho - if you have to stop your car on the side of a paved road in the evening, wait a few minutes before you step out. They are cold blooded, and like to hunt at night. The sun beats down on the cement all day and warms it up, while the dirt is shaded by prairie grass. Rattlers like to snuggle up to the cement to get their body temperature up, then they slither out into the grass to kill anything that won't kill them first. If you surprise one, they might strike. They don't have any idea how big you are, they just strike at heat.

Dwain G.
05-26-2008, 11:02 PM
When I first moved to this peninsula in the Pac NW I remember reading a front page headline story about a college kid that brought all these rattlers home from school for the summer and turned them loose! A posse was formed to hunt them down. I didn't understand that part at the time, found out they did that because we don't have snakes here.

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Mark57
05-26-2008, 11:18 PM
Heh Heh! It's whatever you get used to. I've had some of my staff go down to the southeast part of the continent on a job exchange - they were somewhat concerned about snakes, alligators and the like. However, they think nothing about dealing with Cougars (Mtn Lions), Grizzly Bears, Black Bears and wolves. I dare say the situation would be similar for folks from the SE coming to BC. ;)

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studeclunker
05-27-2008, 12:09 AM
Well, No. Cal's not quite so north as Beautiful British Coloumbia, but we deal with all the above except 'gators (thank God!). We kill a rattle-snake about once a week or so. They're left alone (I hate the vermin they eat more than the snakes) as long as they stay away from the house.

My Lady, if that snake had crawled out from under Bess, she would have been introduced to a nine iron! Just like Fat Broad in B.C., WAP, WAP, WAP, WAP, WAP (LOL)![xx(]:D:D

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pitbulllady
05-27-2008, 05:19 AM
quote:Originally posted by 61hawk

Had it been me there would have been a shotgun blast heard shortly after what could only have been described as a woman scream.

Guess I don't understand the "deadliest snake in America" and "put him in my house" part.


I don't kill snakes, period. No point, really, when there's so many other things we do everyday that kill far more people, yet we do them without even thinking of the potential for deadly risk. Like driving a car, for instance, or having a pool in your backyard. I've got him in a container specially made for holding venomous snakes, in the garage, not in the house. Already got enough snakes and spiders in the house and there's really no more room for another one!

pitbulllady

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DEEPNHOCK
05-27-2008, 05:57 AM
Wow!
A Toyota regular cab pickup for $8999.00![:0]
(Used car guys are all snakes, right JP?;))
Jeff[8D]

lstude
05-27-2008, 06:46 AM
Much more frightening than the Black snake I saw about a week ago. I don't like to kill snakes either, but yours is really scary!

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pitbulllady
05-27-2008, 07:16 AM
quote:Originally posted by lstude

Much more frightening than the Black snake I saw about a week ago. I don't like to kill snakes either, but yours is really scary!

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Interestingly enough, I caught a Black Rat Snake the same day, clinging to the door of an old house on our property. I heard the Blue Jays having a screaming hissy fit, and since I don't have outdoor cats for them to holler at, I knew it was either a snake or a bird of prey. The snake was about five feet long(a couple of feet shorter than the one I found in a friend's yard two weeks ago)and was just sort of clinging to the door, vertically. I just picked him up-no need of snake tongs with these. He's like a Labrador without legs, really mellow. Non-venomous I just pick up, but I don't take that chance with the "hot" snakes. That's what the snake tongs and snake hooks are for. I had to pass up a nice fat Water Snake on the way to work this morning, but I was in the Studebaker, and Water Snakes will spray a horrible-smelling and persistent musk, like a skunk, when they feel threatened, and I REALLY do not want that smell my Stude! It's nearly impossible to get rid of that odor, once it gets "ensconced".

pitbulllady

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Avantidon
05-27-2008, 07:47 AM
Glad it was you rather than me. Also glad you didn't step down on it.

53k
05-27-2008, 08:10 AM
quote:Originally posted by pitbulllady

[quote]I don't kill snakes, period. No point, really, when there's so many other things we do everyday that kill far more people, yet we do them without even thinking of the potential for deadly risk. Like driving a car, for instance, or having a pool in your backyard. I've got him in a container specially made for holding venomous snakes, in the garage, not in the house. Already got enough snakes and spiders in the house and there's really no more room for another one!

Good for you. I don't kill snakes either. I've seen what they do to mice, etc. I have quite a few black rat snakes around my place, but have never seen a copperhead (most common poisonous snake here). Some of the old timers here say that as long as you have rat snakes you'll have no poisonous snakes. Seems to be true for me. Even so, I don't like to handle snakes- I use a catcher to get them out of the solarium (or in years past, even the house). We have some good sized black rat snakes. Some years ago my wife was mowing in the orchard and saw a big one which she described a being as big around as her upper arm. I poo-pooed that description much to her annoyance. A few days later I looked down from the upper floor of my bank barn and saw a big snakeskin on the ground. I went down, pulled it out and measured it- 7' 9". Apologized to the wife.
Small poisonous snakes are still very dangerous. Years ago, when I was in college, my brother was hunting in late fall and found a very small snake that was motionless from the cold. He picked it up and stuck it in his pocket. When he got home it was much more animated. He noticed that it was vibrating its tail:D so he put it in a box. I took it back to school with me and took it to the Zoology Department. The professor that examined it identified it as a rattlesnake (don't remember what variety). He explained that it was as venomous as an adult rattler (yes, he kept it for their collection).


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52-fan
05-27-2008, 10:54 AM
I won't hurt a non-venomous snake on purpose, but I can't abide a poisonous one on my place. Too many pets and kids around besides older Studebaker fans.

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hank63
05-27-2008, 10:57 AM
Down-under snakes can be decidedly unhealthy. Last year I was working in some waist high grass just outside the "Studebaker shed", when my dog dived in and flung out a snake (about 2' from my RH leg). He then circled the snake, dived in from behind and bit through below the snake neck. Result - one dead snake, one shaken but happy Hawk owner and one contented dog.
The snake was a Taipan. They are TOXIC.
The dog has earned all the food he will eat for the rest of his life.
/H

Guido
05-27-2008, 04:18 PM
I used to hunt on some property near Farmville and would bushhog it a couple of times a year. There was one large field that was mostly lowgrounds with marsh grass. I usually would hit and kill a couple of copperheads each time that I cut it. I would throw them on the bushhog deck and let the raccoons and other critters dine on them after I left.

The worse part was when you would pass by one too closely and they would rear up to strike at the tractor tires. [:0]

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