Weekly snake thread

Discussion in 'Survival, Preparedness, and Outdoors' started by Beef15, May 29, 2017.

  1. beamernc

    beamernc LTC - Liberal Tear Collector Charter Member Supporting Member

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    What are you going to do with him? Was that in Todd in Ashe Co.? I'm wondering if there are any over in Laurel Springs.

    It's hard to tell in the bin, how long is it?
     
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    Not Ashe but close by, couldn't really leave it on a trail with kids and pets. was relocated somewhere more remote, too small to bother eating about 30"

    I've seen plenty of copperheads in Laurel Springs area but no rattlers. I've never seen one in Ashe but there are some 3400' around rocky outcroppings, at least I've been told. You could get your fill of them close by at Stone Mtn though.
     
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    beamernc LTC - Liberal Tear Collector Charter Member Supporting Member

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    My property is just inside the western Allegheny Co. line and goes up to 3100'. I was just curious if there were any where I'm at. Wondering if there are bear also.
     
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    Its a good thing he was in that plastic tote or your buddy could have been bitten!!:D
     
  5. Chuckman

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    On the record, the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake is protected in North Carolina. I think the others are as well.

    Off the record, if I have one on my property, or one threatens me, I will dispatch it to the fullest extent of my tools and knowledge.

    The biggest ones I know of have been on the coast, they grow huge.
     
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    Ya'll ain't from Georgia are ya?? He's kinda small.....
     
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    I've seen bear on cams in Piney Creek which would be north of you. Most likely you have some, seems they are making their way to the central part of the state from the coast and mtns.
     
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    yup have seen some piggys on Cumberland Island, wouldn't want to bitten in a hospital parking lot right by ER much less a remote island
     
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    Chuckman Senior Member Sponsor

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    I was generalizing, not speaking about the one in the box. 2 years ago, just a few days before went to Oak Island on vacation, someone caught one down there that was 7 ft long.
     
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    There's one about that size or maybe a little longer that lives in a low spot (an acre or so) just down from my place in GA. I've seen him 3 times and he's pretty chill unless you stop and get out of the truck then he bunches up and starts rattling but the minute you get back in the truck he gets quiet. Not really bothering anyone and generally stays in that area so not a threat as I see it. And after all, it's his home and I'm the intruder.......
     
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    I've heard rattlesnakes in the brush and the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina. I saw them out west on the military reservations and bases when I was in the service, they told us you could kill your buddy with premeditated murder and get away with it before you could get away with killing a protected animal on government property, so we're always told to steer clear of them.

    Funny story, we were on the Mesa's in southern California near the Chocolate Mountains doing land nav in pairs, and my buddy and I set (at the time) the third fastest record for the course, we just shot azimuths and basically ran the entire way, all we could hear was buzzing in the underbrush and around the rocks from rattles. It turned out that all the other teams, when they would encounter a rattlesnake or the buzzing, would box it out and give it wide berth which always added time to their course.

    If we're both out in nature and I can avoid it, I will. We can coexist. But if it surprises me or if it's close to me or on my property, no bueno.
     
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    Today in Mills River area of Pisgah Forest. Not a great pic (screen shot from crappy video), but it was damn near 4 ft, and has been eating good. Never did rattle surprisingly
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    Saw my one and only rattler on Hill Creek Road between 401 and 15-501, hadn't known they lived here. Got his pic for my FB page, he was really impressive. And let me get pretty close before he used the rattle.
     
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    They won't usually rattle unless they feel threatened by your presence or you have startled them. There are locals in GA that talk about the "one Old Man Schoen" killed way back when that was almost 10 feet but I've never seen the skin that he supposedly got when he killed it. I have seen a photo of him standing on the tailgate of a pick up holding it by the tail and it's head is touching the ground. I have no idea of how tall he was so scale is difficult to tell.

    Unless I'm hunting I always make a fair amount of noise as I walk just to let them know I'm in the area......