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« Reply #40 on: May 19, 2018, 09:19:27 PM »
I saw a good size Black Runner yesterday while mowing at the Cabin.  I did not remove it.
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« Reply #41 on: May 19, 2018, 09:21:35 PM »
My grandbabies, one 3 years old the other 1 old were coming for a visit today.  Better to remove the snake than deal with Grandma. 
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« Reply #42 on: May 19, 2018, 11:39:48 PM »
WDH - Is your mill snake still there? I think he was the one in my pasture the other day. Usually those guys want nothing to do with people, but that one got a bit pushy, we had a few words.  
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« Reply #43 on: May 20, 2018, 07:25:38 PM »
Oh yes.  Just a few minutes ago.  We had a polite conversation as I was gathering some stickers, but he had enough talk.  He slithered into stack of red oak slabs. 



 

You can see that he was all rumpled up.  He always had an attitude.  Apparently he was not in the mood for any parley. 
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« Reply #44 on: May 20, 2018, 08:49:01 PM »
you guys are way to kind  :rifle: fudd-smiley

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« Reply #45 on: May 20, 2018, 10:15:19 PM »
   I  ran into a small water snake (I assume - it had a red belly) snake day before yesterday while trimming the ditch in the back yard. I think I hit him a few licks with the string but not hard enough to seriously insure him. Plenty of insects, small frogs and tadpoles and such back there for him to feed on. If poison I'd have relocated or, in worse case, killed it but nearly all I see here are harmless water snakes and garter snakes. Sometimes the water snakes get in my minnow traps when I'm catching bait in the creek in the front yard. If alive I release them. If dead I may leave them for crawfish bait. Sometimes Sampson will bark at the garter snakes in the woodpile - never saw him catch one yet. I love him but he is not a very brave dog.

   My best little squirrel dog would sometimes tree one in the field in N. Fla. She had a different (fearful) bark and would be walking very gingerly in the grass putting one foot down at a time with her neck arched high looking carefully. 

   In Southern Africa one of the most popular dog breeds I saw was a Jack Russell Terrier. Largely because they chased and killed snakes and they had some really nasty snakes over there. (Some professional hunters also used a pack of them them to track wounded leopards. Evidently they were fast enough to avoid the cat while they would usually lose a hound or two when using big dogs.)
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« Reply #46 on: May 20, 2018, 10:51:44 PM »
you guys are way to kind  :rifle: fudd-smiley
 Heck I'd even catch and kindly relocate the copperheads if I knew where to take them without putting someone else in danger  :D, it's hard to tell what else to do. The ones I've had to kill usually have several mice in them, I've got an appreciation for them but definitely have no intention of getting bit!  :o
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« Reply #47 on: May 21, 2018, 12:02:57 AM »
you guys are way to kind  :rifle: fudd-smiley
The black rat snakes eat lots of mice and other small rodents, so they are good to have around, unless they find the chicken coop - then they get lazy and start to gobble up eggs and even a chick now and then.  Mr. Nice to Nature goes away when that happens.  
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« Reply #48 on: May 21, 2018, 02:18:40 PM »
I saw four dead snakes in the road today. Normally I see about one snake every three years. I don't like them at all, but try to give them some room. 
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« Reply #49 on: May 21, 2018, 10:30:06 PM »
you guys are way to kind  :rifle: fudd-smiley
The black rat snakes eat lots of mice and other small rodents, so they are good to have around, unless they find the chicken coop - then they get lazy and start to gobble up eggs and even a chick now and then.  Mr. Nice to Nature goes away when that happens.  
 I had a large black snake try to eat a couple of my hens, it couldn't swallow them whole and spit them back out but they still didn't make it. That's a pretty rare case though.
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« Reply #50 on: May 22, 2018, 10:10:34 PM »
Went to go collect eggs a few minutes ago when, HOLY #@$&!!! 



 

Some glad I shone a flashlight in there first!!
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« Reply #51 on: May 24, 2018, 11:04:24 PM »
My mother sent me a text and picture of a timber rattler today that she had a run in with.  She was vacuuming ladybugs up at their cabin near Ivy Log, Ga and went outside to dump the vacuum.  She heard the snake start to rattle when she was about two feet from it.  It had ten or 11 rattles and was coiled (locked and loaded) when she saw it.  It was a fat one about five feet long.  She is normally pretty easygoing when it comes to wildlife but she was wishing she had her 38 special with her today.

I am incredibly thankful that she avoided a bite.  She has had some significant health challenges over the last few years and this would have exacerbated her maladies significantly.  Strangely enough, I have not seen too many snakes around here yet this year - normally I see several a day.
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« Reply #52 on: May 27, 2018, 12:16:16 PM »
 I guess this explains why we've been seeing so many snakes lately

Naturalist says short spring may explain snake sightings in Missouri
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« Reply #53 on: May 27, 2018, 07:51:11 PM »
I know a few Forum members here who will bite if harassed.  
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« Reply #54 on: May 27, 2018, 08:40:29 PM »
Hmm, I don't bite,  I nibble! ;D
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« Reply #55 on: May 29, 2018, 06:49:21 PM »
A few pics of the snake that scared my mother last week.

 

 

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« Reply #56 on: May 29, 2018, 07:46:23 PM »
That scares me, too.
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« Reply #57 on: May 29, 2018, 08:16:04 PM »
Oh my, that is a real nasty there.  :o
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« Reply #58 on: May 29, 2018, 08:31:20 PM »
There is a gentleman who keeps about a dozen bee hives on our farm, we get the pollination and a little honey and he gets access to our clover and alfalfa for his bee production, win, win.  Well Monday I was helping him move some equipment when a 3' copperhead came out from under a hive frame in the middle of a field.  He was a nasty one, stuck around and took a pretty offensive position rather than sce-daddle.  Fortunately for him I had not thrown my little .22 with pellet loads into my pocket, won't make that mistake again.  
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yep, dead snake
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