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Warm weather brings the snakes out for the summer. Watch where you step!

Will be Fun , watching that Lil critter try and bite ME on the leg !!! LOL

 

Bille

Last Saturday while working on the weather station a good size adult rattler crused by a few feet away and went into the bushes just below where we were working. 

Most definetly watch your step and keep a good eye on kids or pets. 

 

Just leave the snakes alone, they wont bite unless you harrass them.  I have regular rattlesnakes come by every year and even hang out at the fountain everyday in the summer.  If I am out walking my dogs and come across one I just go around them and when I come back a few minutes  later they are gone.  Same thing if they are curled up or sunning on the road, they never bother me.  If you see one just go away.  If it is in your front yard, you can use a water hose to spray water on either side to herd it off the direction you want them to go.  The sound of the water hitting the ground seems to make them scared.  If you hit them with the water it is like they realize it is just water and than are a little harder to direct.  Just leave them alone and move away when you hear them rattle, its not like they want to bite you.  Stepping on one might result in a bite I suppose, mainly with the young ones, they get real excited fast, but I have walked over them many times only to be scared, but not bit.  CA has one venomous snake, that is nice enough to warn us when we are too close.  Dont over react and start killing them like my nieghbors.  They are territorial and a big 6ft rattle snake that has been running an area for 10 years keeps out the young agressive ones, and they do get use to people, so they are not freaking out everytime they see you.  Thats my 10 cents.

This is my experience as well. Rattlers are fairly reasonable, compared to some other venomous snakes. The small ones are quick and feisty, but the big ones are lazy and easy to predict. And they take their sweet time getting out of your way too. Anyway the snakes are more reasonable than hanta, plague or tularemia which are carried by their prey - which they decimate. Quite an effective predator, with heat sensors and everything. Badass little critter.

Jeff raises a good point in bringing up their territorial habits. Once a big one has established a regional order, the situation is stable and its essentially just the same male and few females in the area. But, if you kill the big one (let's call him 'Saddam') then a bunch of smaller, more radical and energetic snakes move in and duke it out. Until a new 'Saddam' is found for the region. Basically, you get rattlesnake Iraq. Nobody wants rattlesnake Iraq.

The only person i know who was bitten found one under his girlfriend's car. He decided to impress her by grabbing the snake and pulling it out from under the car. Well, of course he got bit and spent quite some time in a hospital. It was pretty ugly for a while.

I've thought about snake boots for the Spring before. 100-150 bucks. That might be a worthwhile since sometimes one just doesn't see the snake. We do have a PG pilot who was bit on landing (suprised the snake) a while back, but her PG boot prevented the fangs from actually fanging.

 

 

Spicy Rattlesnake Pasta

1/4 cup olive oil

3 large garlic cloves, minced

1 28 oz can Italian tomatoes

1 dried hot red chilies, minced

1 tbsp. oregano

2 tsp. dried basil

2 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. salt

juice from 1/2 lemon

1/2 lb. rattlesnake meat

1 lb penne or pasta of choice

Simmer rattlesnake in water and lemon juice for 1 hour, remove and separate meat from bones.

Combine de-boned meat with the rest of the ingredients (except pasta) in large saucepan and simmer for 1/2 hour.

Cook pasta as normal and serve over cooked pasta.

http://www.rattlesnakerecipe.us/

Rattle snakes are magnificent! They eat the little critters that chew through wires and just about anything else that may be in storage, having them around is a good thing. We will certainly have lots more of them this year because of the rain. Everything is green and I could hear frogs in the LZ last weekend. Leaving them alone is the best especially since they taste pretty much like chicken. 

So That's why my friends call me , "STICKS" ; never figured it out

till i read your post !!! LOL

 

Bille

I go so far as to remove them from roads in order to prevent them from being run over by cars. 

Dan is a Man. I'm a sissy. I couldn't bring myself to grab that snake if my life depended on it. Those things scare me shitless.

I agree that picking up gopher snakes is the best way to relocate them. Should mention that no such rule generally applies to all snakes, however.

I saved a gopher snake from animal control at work years ago (he was under an employees car munching down a rabbit). Animal control out here takes no chances and neutralizes all snakes, and they were en route. I grabbed the snake, with rabbit lump and all, then hiked him over into the wooded area nearby. Had quite an audience. When i let the snake go he kept slithering back to me, instead of going into the woods like a normal rational snake. All while i scream at the snake to go be free. Sort of a "Free Willy" moment, but more like "Free Snakey". I reserve film rights.

Anyway, the less gopher holes in our LZ the better. Personally, i'm rooting for the snake over my mammalian kin.

We do have a Snake Tong that is located up on the shelf where the white X is housed in the shade structure!

Unless those snake thongs are 12-ft long ; then there NOT long enough for Me !! YEP -- i'm a bit of a Wimp, when it comes to catching a snake ; but i would Never go out of my way to kill one , (We NEED the Lil critters) !!!

I'm about to pay the neighbor kids , to catch me some geckos , and release them in my abode ; i got some unwanted spiders in my condo , and i Hate being around poison.

Bille