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About 15 years ago on a quail hunt in southern Arizona, I killed three rattlers in one day. The first one surprised the hell out of me when I was moving some brush with my left hand to clear a place to sit and he turned out to be one of the branches I was moving, jumped back about five feet and shot him with my right hand. I was so jittery for the rest of the day that I picked my path very carefully and still came up on two more. They were probably Western Diamondbacks. I think I have seen only one Mojave Green, and that is enough.
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The Western Diamondback rattlesnake, Crotalus atrox, is the most common species. They are difficult to see; "they blend in very well."
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The most venomous rattlesnake in North America is the Mohave, Crotalus scutulatus," also called 'Three-Steppers' and 'Greenbacks.' Mohaves and Western Diamondbacks are "the two main snakes you are going to run across." "The Mohaves have a neurotoxic venom ... twenty times more toxic than the actual Western Diamondbacks." The Mohave "contributes to the most fatalities" in the Southwest. They are a "very secretive and non-aggressive rattlesnake" but a very deadly rattlesnakes, comparable to cobras. For every ten to fifteen Diamondbacks, one Mohave is found. It is distinguished by its very green color

http://www.jqjacobs.net/southwest/rattlesnake.html

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I related this once before, I think, on this forum. Several years ago, in June, I had a dream that I saw a big rattler in the yard of a house, but that he escaped. Really strange dream, for me. For the next day or so I had it on my mind constantly as I went here and there about the day, farming, and doing all related to such. Morning of the second day I went to a pivot south of my house, and the pivot point was grown up in Italian Ryegrass, and was very thick. I got out of my truck and remember thinking "This is a good place for a rattler to be". I had to walk through the ryegrass for a few feet and began to proceed slowly, moving the thick grass with one foot, stepping with the other. After two steps I moved the thick grass and uncovered a big canebrake rattler lying perpendicular to my line of travel, and in the perfect spot for my next footstep to come down in the middle of his body. I slowly backed out, got my .45 out of the truck, and shot it in the head.

If I had not had that dream I would not have had snakes on my mind so heavily that morning. I ordinarily did not look so hard as I walked through thick brush or grass. I know, with all my heart, that dream was a premonition. And, I'm very grateful for it.

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That's a sign...

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I don't want to get into a "who's bigger" contest, especially between Missouri and Georgia (especially since Ga just beat them), but this 14 foot Mizzou rattler looks impressive. Stan, if you’re still interested in playing around with pit vipers I'm not sure you should mess with this one.

http://www.wdam.com/story/38989487/video-massive-rattlesnake-caught-on-camera-in-lamar-co/


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That's bull chit

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My father had a friend (classmate) when he was growing up and in high school who liked to catch and play with snakes. The friend and his father were out with a tractor in one of their tobacco fields plowing when one of the cultivators on the tractor broke. The father sent the son back to the farm implement shed to get a wrench to repair the cultivator. The trip down the farm path to the implement shed to get the tool needed should have taken the son no longer than 5-10 minutes; but when the son did not return after being gone over 30 minutes, the father decided he needed to go looking for him. Half way back to the implement shed, sitting beside the farm path, the father found his son with his hands clasped together at a distance looking like he was sitting praying. When the father got close enough to speak to his son, the son did not respond to the father asking him what he was doing sitting down when there was work to do. Then the father realized his son was staring face-to-face with one of the largest copperheads he had ever seen. The son had spotted the copperhead on the farm path and decided to catch it. Somehow the son was able to grab the copperhead behind the head, but the copperhead was so large and strong it wrapped itself around the son’s forearm and began constricting his arm, his hand holding the snake turning blue. Realizing he was in trouble and that he could not turn loose of the copperhead, he tried to un-wrap the snake from his arm with his other hand; then the copperhead, given access to the son’s other wrist was able to wrap itself around the other wrist, effectively handcuffing him. The copperhead, stronger than the son, now had the upper-hand; and the son went into shock. It was fortunate the father had come looking for the son. The father, after assessing the situation, then drove the tractor quickly to the implement shed to get a set of vise grip pliers, then returned to his son to administer the copperhead’s death sentence when he clamped down on the its head with the pliers to get the copperhead to release his son.

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Copperheads are not constrictors. I call BS on that one.


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If you like snakes try this one for size. One of these snaked recently killed and ate an adult woman.




http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2011/12/primates-prey-predators-and-competitors-snakes


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That one would cover a LONG longbow!!@@!


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Well, Jomungandr is a pretty badazz fellow too...just ask Midgard and Thor.


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