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Tue Jun 3, 2014, 02:44 AM

Rattle snake in the house/what a rush

I've finished dinner and checking my email and the young dog starts barking like mad. I figure a deer may be in the yard or something and he wants out. I go to the door and there is a rattle snake. I open the door and he moves right out. What a rush something like that brings on. This is the 7th I've seen this spring. The weed eater tossed one I hadn't seen away from me. You just must imagine how glad I am it didn't toss it toward me.

Just thought I would share a moment that really grabbed my attention.

Wish you all well,
ADW

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Reply Rattle snake in the house/what a rush (Original post)
AnotherDreamWeaver Jun 2014 OP
grasswire Jun 2014 #1
TexasTowelie Jun 2014 #2
StarryNite Jun 2014 #3
AnotherDreamWeaver Jun 2014 #5
MADem Jun 2014 #4
AnotherDreamWeaver Jun 2014 #6
Are_grits_groceries Jun 2014 #7
redqueen Jun 2014 #14
DrDan Jun 2014 #8
WhiteTara Jun 2014 #9
oneshooter Jun 2014 #10
AnotherDreamWeaver Jun 2014 #11
reddread Jun 2014 #12
AnotherDreamWeaver Jun 2014 #20
reddread Jun 2014 #21
MineralMan Jun 2014 #13
nadinbrzezinski Jun 2014 #15
winter is coming Jun 2014 #16
reddread Jun 2014 #17
frylock Jun 2014 #18
Zorra Jun 2014 #19
AnotherDreamWeaver Jun 2014 #22

Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 02:49 AM

1. Jebus.

So glad I don't live where you live. Good thing you have a dog.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 02:49 AM

2. Yikes!

That would have definitely freaked me out. I saw way too many rattlesnakes when I was a kid and remembering my father having to kill one that was on the elderly lady's porch who lived next door to us.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 02:51 AM

3. Yikes!

Those things scare me! We've had a few in our yard over the years. My neighbor's two dogs were both bitten by the same snake a few years ago. They had both been trained in rattlesnake avoidance prior to being bitten. Thankfully they both survived.

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 03:20 AM

5. In the 36 years we have lived here, 3 of our dogs have been bitten

including the two dogs we have now, we have had 8 dogs during that time. The three lived through it. I only took the puppy to the vet. They all had wounds the hair never grew back in. 4 folks in the neighborhood have been bitten, and they all lived, though one got a lot of anti-venom and was hospitalized a while.

(edit: that didn't read right, the two dogs we have now haven't been bitten, they just bring the count of our 4 legged friends up to 8.)

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 03:02 AM

4. GOOOOOOOOOOOOD dog!!!!!! nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 03:22 AM

6. That's just what I told him myself...and lots of petting while I said it. nt

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 06:47 AM

7. Give me a rattlesnake any day compared to a Cottonmouth or Copperhead.

The Moccasins are mean SOBs and will come for you.
My brother was clearing brush for the highway department. He ran across a a Copperhead in a ditch. It was on the other end, but it wasn't scared in the least. He came after my brother who had to fight him off with his machete.

We used to how fishing in my Grandmama's pond and used an old boat that was kept there for that purpose. Some days Cottonmouths would try to get in the boat. They have really nasty bites.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 01:48 PM

14. OMG yes, water moccasins are fearless and territorial.

Have to keep an eye out for those when you're in their environment.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:09 AM

8. I was on my motorcycle about a year back - a large Eastern Diamondback

was crossing the road. I came so close to that snake that I jerked up my leg up afraid I would hit it and it would strike my leg.

Another incident - my wife and I were playing golf in SC. She hit into a bunker, went in and hit her ball onto the green. As we grabbed our putters and began to walk onto the green, a Diamondback slithered out of that same bunker right toward the flag. It was lying lengthwise under the grass surrounding the bunker. It was never aggressive - just slithered to the flag and laid there.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:46 AM

9. It really is a rush! Rattlers are so magnificent

we have one that migrates through our yard each year. He has 13 rattles and we all stare in wonder from the safety of our house.
Glad he wanted out, btw. I don't really think that they want to be around us any more than we want to be around them.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:59 AM

10. The question that needs answering is " how did he get in?" n/t

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Response to oneshooter (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 11:58 AM

11. The dogs just slide the door open if they want to come in

We haven't been able to teach them to close the door. The new dog has been the first to learn how to open the door to get out. We prop a stick against the door at night to keep him in.

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Response to oneshooter (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 01:38 PM

12. no, the question is

what kind of rattlesnake?

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Response to reddread (Reply #12)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 06:26 PM

20. I guess Pacific Coast, it was mostly dark with black and white bands at the tail end.

Some times they will have a green tint to them, but the one last night was dark.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Reply #20)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 06:48 PM

21. gotcha

theres just one sort, give or take (as I understood it) from the valley north.
The diversity of species and habitat niches going south gets interesting.
Surely, rattlesnakes are among the most interesting of North American herptiles.
Just dont tread on em!

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 01:41 PM

13. That'll wake you right up.

I used to see a lot of them in my little farm town in California. I always left them be, unless they were near people's houses.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 01:50 PM

15. They are indeed out early this year

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 01:51 PM

16. Well, you won't need any coffee for the rest of the week. Glad you're okay. n/t

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Response to winter is coming (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 02:15 PM

17. please dont stop to key out any south of the border species for me

they are all a serious hazard down there.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 04:03 PM

18. i hit the trails every weekend and have only seen one gopher snake

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 04:11 PM

19. Did s/he rattle? Nothing like a rattler rattling to get all your attention in a split second. nt

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Response to Zorra (Reply #19)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 06:50 PM

22. Yes, but only as it was leaving. The dog barking may have covered any earlier noise.

That's the seventh time this spring I've seen one. Only one of the others sounded off.

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