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#245063 - 04/19/12 02:53 PM Re: Rattle Snakes? [Re: ]
bacpacjac Offline
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Originally Posted By: IzzyJG99
Originally Posted By: hikermor
In every rattlesnake encounter I have ever experienced, the snake went off in one direction, and I went in the other. The only exceptions were situations where the snake was cornered, and had no options; even then, they never "attacked."


I agree. One often only remembers the "bad events" when encountering a deadly snake I am afraid. But when you look back at how many you have really run into (Deadly or non-deadly) you often hear a rustle, a glimpse of a tail fleeing into the brush and it's over. Like most animals that never, or rarely see a person they freak out and leave.


Phew! That's better. wink
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#245066 - 04/19/12 03:58 PM Re: Rattle Snakes? [Re: bacpacjac]
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I have seen rattlesnakes become incredibly aggressive. I've only seen it in the desert on very hot days; the local wisdom is that when they get too hot they go crazy. I have seen a rattlesnake viciously pursuing and attacking an innocent pickup truck. Whether that's the reason I don't know, but I've never heard of something like that happening in more temperate regions.

You're too big to eat, so if you don't startle them they'll almost always choose to leave.

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#245069 - 04/19/12 05:17 PM Re: Rattle Snakes? [Re: ]
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Right. In grade school we called it "cold blooded" but that's why they need to seek shade when it's hot and the sun is high. Too much heat bakes the noodle.

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#245073 - 04/19/12 06:28 PM Re: Rattle Snakes? [Re: chaosmagnet]
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Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
I have seen rattlesnakes become incredibly aggressive. I've only seen it in the desert on very hot days; the local wisdom is that when they get too hot they go crazy. I have seen a rattlesnake viciously pursuing and attacking an innocent pickup truck. Whether that's the reason I don't know, but I've never heard of something like that happening in more temperate regions.

You're too big to eat, so if you don't startle them they'll almost always choose to leave.


In Floriduh (home of the largest rattlers in the world) I was struck by an aggressive rattler. He was just about to shed his skin, and his eyes were cloudy. Never made a sound. I have since learned this is when they are most vulnerable and therefore aggressive.

Dunno if a pic will post, but my wife photographed my punctured jeans with the venom stain. Snake weighed 22 pounds. Oh. And he got the jeans, not me!




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#245074 - 04/19/12 06:35 PM Re: Rattle Snakes? [Re: bacpacjac]
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Thanks for sharing that, Unca_Walt. I'm glad he didn't get you!

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#245078 - 04/19/12 07:37 PM Re: Rattle Snakes? [Re: chaosmagnet]
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Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
Thanks for sharing that, Unca_Walt. I'm glad he didn't get you!


Ditto!
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#245087 - 04/19/12 08:49 PM Re: Rattle Snakes? [Re: wileycoyote]
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Originally Posted By: wileycoyote
leave them alone, just walk around them.

all of the other posts have excellent information.

especially when it comes to inquisitive children, this nails it.

you are in their home, they don't want you - you're too big, leave them alone, and go around them if at all possible.

a poster above said to watch for 'cow pies'. could be a coiled snake. typically seen this way.

and i have also seen them stretched straight out from the roadside like a stick.

keep your eyes open. and have the kids leave them alone.
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#245094 - 04/20/12 02:42 AM Re: Rattle Snakes? [Re: bsmith]
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That was my post about cow pies. Yes they stretch out also, but I have never seen on stretched straight. One night I was walking along the dirt road which runs past the ranch and saw a dark line on across it. I had an uncomfortable fifteen minutes until discovered that it was the electrical cord from an appliance.

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#245095 - 04/20/12 02:48 AM Re: Rattle Snakes? [Re: hikermor]
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Oh c'mon Hiker. If it's close enough to be a danger you won't be able to hunt for rocks. Thats when a load of #6 shot comes in handy. And Not many people carry shovels when they hike. If I can avoid them or let the live I do so.

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#245096 - 04/20/12 02:52 AM Re: Rattle Snakes? [Re: Slatu]
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Shudders. I hate spiders. Been bitten many times. I do however let a few daddy long legs share my abode.

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