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  • Diver43Diver43 Posts: 12,758 Senior Member
    If you guys think those snakes are bad, check out a Fer De Lance.  Almost had a run in with one in Mexico.  That is one aggressive and super poisonous snake.  
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Posts: 7,856 Senior Member
    edited May 2020 #33
    After 40+ years in Louisiana. If you're a snake, you're either gonna make me run or I'm going to kill you. It's just that simple.

    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Posts: 18,360 Senior Member
    snake284 said:
    There's a lot of  Diamond Backs in the hill country around rock outcroppings and such like out around Junction Texas. That's where they hold those rattlesnake round ups. There's Timber Rattlers in the woods. They get big as Diamond Backs. But around here in the coastal plains where there's lots of salt grass and rats and rabbits you  don't think rattlesnake. But let me tell you, where you have such rodents you have rattlesnakes, lots of rattlesnakes. We don't have roundups because it's hard to concentrate them like they do around those rock outcroppings where they can squirt gasoline and they'll come out in the open. Here they just go n a hole and wait til it's safe. Mostly what we have are Western Diamond Backs and they get rather large. 6 footers aren't all that uncommon. I've killed a couple that big. Actually there are few 7 footers. I've seen a couple that big.

    They say they're getting where they don't rattle before biting because of all the hogs. The hogs will eat them if they get the drop on them so the snakes are getting where they bite first then worry about rattling. So you have to be careful. There's no shortage of them so I don't feel bad about killing one when I see it in my territory. I'm not a shoot first then check what kind it is person. I don't kill anything just for the sake of killing. But I'm not the rattlesnake relocation manager either. I don't pick them up or play with them. And if they're close to where I will be and I see them, they're dead.

    Anyway, Jeff you did well. I like snake shot.
    Speaking of Timber Rattlers...I have heard that are a protected species in Texas....know anything about that?
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Posts: 14,848 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    You touched one off in the house?
    No I didn't.  :D   I dispatched it with the closest thing handy......a spatula of all things.

    Ha! Do you need special boots to wield a spatula properly? Metal or plastic spatula?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
     Metal or plastic spatula?
    Both, actually.  Metal with a plastic handle......and I broke the handle.  :D

  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    Diver43 said:
    If you guys think those snakes are bad, check out a Fer De Lance.  Almost had a run in with one in Mexico.  That is one aggressive and super poisonous snake.  
    Very true, the Fer De Lance is bad news.  I lived in Panama from a few months old until the age of 5.  I don't have any memories of run-ins with the Fer De Lance but my parents had a few stories....
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    Regarding timber rattlers, I did a google search on "Texas Parks and Wildlife Timber Rattlesnake" and found the following.

    "The timber rattlesnake is the only protected species of venomous snake in Texas and can not be collected without a scientific collecting permit. Texas Distribution: Crotalus horridus is found only in the wetter portions of the eastern quarter of the state."

    So, I guess it is protected in Texas.  That is news to me.

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
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