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#16 Meadowlark

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 08:16 AM

The vast majority of North American snakes are non-venomous and are incapable of hurting you. We have only four species of venomous snakes: Water moccassins (aka massaquas),  and which are common throughout the southeast:, copperheads, which are usually confined to the midwest and northeast forests, rattlers, and coral snakes. Coral snakes are found only in the southwest and are VERY shy...I've never seen one in my life. Rattlers are throughout the warmer parts of the country and are also retiring. They will also give you a warning  before you get too close.

We have many many snakes species and, as I said, only four are venomous. I have spent countless hours in all four parts of the country outdoors and only once in a while have I been lucky enough to see a venomous snake. Although I will admit that the one time I saw a truly dangerous snake was the 11 foot Egyptian cobra that passed through my tent in the Saudi Arabian desert. I will admit to fear (okay, let's be honest, I was scared s...tless) but we left him alone and he kept going on his own business. Despite the fear, I  thought it was an absolutely gorgeous snake.

 

Just realize, like Hot Toddy said, that if you go outside, expect to meet fellow earthlings that don't look like you and would rather be left alone.

We humans have an innate fear of snakes...but that doesn't mean we should kill each and every one we meet. If everyone did that to whatever species they fear, we would have no wildlife left.


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 08:37 AM

The vast majority of North American snakes are non-venomous and are incapable of hurting you. We have only four species of venomous snakes: Water moccassins (aka massaquas),  and which are common throughout the southeast:, copperheads, which are usually confined to the midwest and northeast forests, rattlers, and coral snakes. Coral snakes are found only in the southwest and are VERY shy...I've never seen one in my life. Rattlers are throughout the warmer parts of the country and are also retiring. They will also give you a warning  before you get too close.

We have many many snakes species and, as I said, only four are venomous. I have spent countless hours in all four parts of the country outdoors and only once in a while have I been lucky enough to see a venomous snake. Although I will admit that the one time I saw a truly dangerous snake was the 11 foot Egyptian cobra that passed through my tent in the Saudi Arabian desert. I will admit to fear (okay, let's be honest, I was scared s...tless) but we left him alone and he kept going on his own business. Despite the fear, I  thought it was an absolutely gorgeous snake.

 

Just realize, like Hot Toddy said, that if you go outside, expect to meet fellow earthlings that don't look like you and would rather be left alone.

We humans have an innate fear of snakes...but that doesn't mean we should kill each and every one we meet. If everyone did that to whatever species they fear, we would have no wildlife left.

 

I must take a slight exception to a couple of these statements....I live in Louisiana, and we have all 4...copperheads are VERY common all over the state(have killed three already this year) and coral snakes, while very shy and rarely strike if there is another option, can be found most places in the state...the worst is the cotton mouth moccasin, they can be VERY aggressive...just sayin'...doanchano...........................

madjack B)

 

p.s. ...and don't even get me started on the cotton backed rattle moccasin :huh: ..................mj


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 09:31 AM

Imagine my surprise when I saw movement out of the corner of my eye while at the computer in my northeast Texas home office/man cave. Mr. Snake was captured and relocated to a more suitable location without bloodshed.

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 10:45 AM

All four species of venomous snakes are also found in Florida, and Georgia.

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 10:54 AM

Yeah we have all but coral snakes. Moccasins and copperheads are very common, Rattlesnakes a bit less common. Coral snakes are found south of me on the gulf coast.

 Lots of what I call Rat snakes around here, which if they don't bother me, I let them go. I would not say that their bites are totally incapable of hurting you though as a bite from one of those is like a cat bite as in very likely to get infected if not treated.



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Posted 21 June 2016 - 04:24 PM

My mistake, I had no idea copperheads got that far south. Nor did I know coral snakes even existed in the southeast anymore.

wow, CasitaRick that must have been one heck of a surprise!!


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 08:57 PM

As you can see, it didn't bother me enough to not get a picture before I threw a towel over him and bundled him out to the tree line at the rear of my land. It really wasn't that big of a deal-I knew he wasn't poisonous. I'm thinking he squeezed in through a window where I have an antenna cable running through it.


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Posted 22 June 2016 - 09:14 AM

Coral Snakes common closer to the Texas Gulf Coast. Copper Heads are very common in our area, we see them all of the time. Rattle snakes abundant in our area but we don't see them as often as the Copper Heads.  Water moccasins common as well on & near the local rivers and lakes. Had 3 try to get in the Jon boat when checking trotlines on Lake PK. This was when I was in college staying with a classmate at her grandfathers lake cabin. He invited me out to help him pull in the fish. The snakes wanted his catch. He told me to keep hitting them with the paddle while he continued checking the lines. That was a nightmare for me that has not dimmed with time. 5 years ago we had a Water Moccasin get into the water heater closet under the stairway in the garage. We keep a lot of stuff in that closet, I had a tough time getting him out, he was very aggressive. I think I nearly had 4-5 heart attacks in the 20 minutes it took me to get him out of there. 

 

Lately with all of the rains and flooding all kinds of snakes have been visible more often. They are looking for new homes and "dry ground" We are seeing all kinds of wildlife movement because of standing water in places it has never been before. 


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Posted 24 June 2016 - 04:31 AM

For those of you with a nesting wasp problem at home I may have a solution. I am told that orange oil spray will keep them away from any place that you spray it. Of course you can't just spray it anywhere, but it's another arrow in the quiver.

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 06:48 AM

I would urge anyone who does any kind of 'camping' at all to learn how to distinguish harmless snakes from the venomous varieties. It's easy to do. No self-respecting snake wants anything to do with people, and they will always retreat unless cornered or threatened. Non-venomous species are great ratters and even the smaller ones help to reduce harmful insects. I am no snake lover, far from it, but I hate to see a harmless snake killed because of irrational fears. We have bull snakes where we live and I've tried to teach the dogs to leave them alone as they are excellent for rodent control and will kill rattlers.
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#26 Meadowlark

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 09:08 AM

casita Rick, maybe your snake just wanted to watch TV!!


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Posted 21 August 2016 - 12:21 PM

Lightning striking twice?  Last weekend I pulled in to my favorite spot at Diamond Jacks Casino RV park Boz City, LA), and almost trusted the eletric box, but did an about face and got the rake.  Surprise! A nest.  Got the wasp spray can, killed them all.  Black abdomen with yellow stripes around it.







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