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Snake Killing (vanity - sorry)
me | Sep 29. 2011 | me

Posted on 09/29/2011 11:44:19 AM PDT by matginzac

So I just killed a Copperhead Snake in my front yard. I'm still shaking and it's still writhing. Thing is there were two, one in line behind the other. When I came back with the shovel, the "first" one in line had "disappeared". Where do you think it went and what do I do about it? (Please keep it relatively clean) I HATE snakes!


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KEYWORDS: snake
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To: matginzac
Get yourself one of these. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg
51 posted on 09/29/2011 12:27:42 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: matginzac

When you start to go outside in your bare feet, especially at night, remember the one that got away!


52 posted on 09/29/2011 12:29:44 PM PDT by Errant
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To: matginzac

Aaaahh!!! We must be neighbors! He just came in through the side window and he is real angry!!!!! Help!!!

Oh hope you don’t mind me using your vanity post, just figured we wouldn’t want two of these snake attack threads here On FR.

Aaaahhh!!! He just bit my head!!! Ouch! Her just bit my toe!!!! Does anyone have advice?


53 posted on 09/29/2011 12:32:28 PM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: NonValueAdded

Why?....coral snakes have to chew on you to get the venom in, don’t they?.....


54 posted on 09/29/2011 12:35:42 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: matginzac

Only kidding around of course. Glad you are alright. Good luck keeping it away.


55 posted on 09/29/2011 12:35:55 PM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: squarebarb

Copperhead bites aren’t fatal.... KMA, they’ll make you wish you were dead. If you are already sick ( cancer, diabetes, turd in the aorta) etc. It will kill you.


56 posted on 09/29/2011 12:36:54 PM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Safetgiver

“Turd in the aorta” -
Doctor - “Mr. Johnson, I’m afraid you have a turd in the aorta. Take two tablespoons of liquid plumber and call me in the morning.”


57 posted on 09/29/2011 12:44:54 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: matginzac

Just reading this thread is enough to make me want to move to a high rise in Ireland.


58 posted on 09/29/2011 12:45:08 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Guenevere

Coral Snakes do have short fangs and they need to inject 75 to 100 mg of venom in you. They do tend to hold on and, as you say, chew. their bite is life-threatening though. And - surprise - the anitvenom is no longer manufactured in these United States. If you are one of the 15 to 25 victims each year, I guess you are SOL.


59 posted on 09/29/2011 12:45:46 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: evets

we don’t need no steekin badgers...


60 posted on 09/29/2011 12:47:15 PM PDT by brivette
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To: matginzac

Have you seen any signs of mice in the house, garage etc lately? Keep in mind, if a mouse can get in, a snake can get in.


61 posted on 09/29/2011 12:49:46 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: matginzac

You must provide a more detailed description of the lay out of your yard in order for us to help you.

Can you takes some pictures or videos and upload them to here?


62 posted on 09/29/2011 12:52:04 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: matginzac
Generally speaking, snakes are unlikely to kill you. However the high blood pressure and resulting stroke or heart attack resulting from seeing one likely could.

Snakes usually avoid people. They are most aggressive when disturbed and particularly while shedding their skin. Don't go into the brush or under the house without thoroughly checking things out. Chill, they are not hunting you but likely looking for mice, etc.

63 posted on 09/29/2011 12:55:40 PM PDT by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: matginzac

We had a copperhead problem when we bought our property.

First, don’t panic, copperheads are pretty laid back for a poisonous snake and would much rather run than bite.

Second, clear a wide area around the house. We had tons of trash, scrap and lumber on the property when we bought it. Rodents like cover, snakes like rodents. We cleaned up all of the trash and mow about 5 acres around the property. Mice hate mown grass and when they left, we never had another snake around the house. Snakes don’t like mown grass much easier as it leaves them open to predation too. Weeds and bushes provide cover for both rodents and snakes, the less the better.

Third, make sure you house is tight, even a 1/4 gap is enough to let mice in and out. If mice are sheltering in the house, it will bring snakes. Caulk, board or cement all gaps in the foundation and siding.


64 posted on 09/29/2011 1:05:14 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: matginzac

LOL! I have copperheads...the adults are sort of sluggish, its the young ones that are real feisty and live wires. Tried to get rid of a young one in my hen house. What really scares me is the cotton mouth moccasin. I have shot several of these. They are aggressive and will come after you.

Rattlers are supposed to live out here too, but have never seen one.


65 posted on 09/29/2011 1:08:44 PM PDT by Dudoight
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To: nagdt

There is a type of snake repellent sold, its called Snake Away.I have seen it at Lowes here in Pa, also at some farm supply places. I know its about 12 bucks for a container of it, but i have no idea if or how well it works.


66 posted on 09/29/2011 1:18:55 PM PDT by bullcricker
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To: thackney

How did you hold it? Did it try to bite you?


67 posted on 09/29/2011 1:29:02 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: matginzac

I killed a rattlesnake 2 weeks ago in my front yard. A neighbor spotted it warming itself on the asphalt in the early evening. I went back the next day to poke around in the agapanthus near where it was last seen and nailed it with one shot from a 357 revolver loaded with snakeshot cartridges. That’s the second rattler I’ve terminated on my property. I have two boys and as far as I’m concerned, any rattlesnake I find will be killed.


68 posted on 09/29/2011 1:33:22 PM PDT by tony549 (Stuck in SoCal)
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To: matginzac
A copperhead doesn't hunt its prey; it waits in ambush. If you have copperheads it means that the copperhead's diet is around - mostly small rodents, with some frogs and very large insects like cicadas (not likely this late in the year).

My response as a Scoutmaster is that I understand the fear of snakes, but just be careful and leave it alone. Eating rodents is a good thing. Copperheads are venomous but dying as the result of a copperhead bite is virtually unheard of. Taking off my Scoutmaster's campaign hat and being the husband of a woman who doesn't want a live snake within twenty miles, many people just don't want snakes around, especially venomous ones.

If you have a storage shed, basement, crawl space, or something similar, I'd try to kill rodents. The copperhead won't stay around if there's not a source of food (although it's downright hard to eliminate all rodents, no matter where you are).

You should know that copperheads generally do not flee when a human approaches as many other snakes do. They freeze and rely on camouflage. Bites occur when somebody doesn't see a copperhead in the leaves and steps on one. If you step near it, it generally will not stike. I'm not trying to be funny nor trying to scare you; I'm just stating a fact. So be careful outside.

Copperheads give birth in late summer, so I wouldn't worry about an upcoming litter.

We kill copperheads at our Scout camps, I'm sad to say. Scouts are always finding the new, shortest path between two points and are likely to step on one in the leaves.

We'd catch them, but there are already enough copperheads in terraria in the Nature Lodge.

69 posted on 09/29/2011 1:40:11 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.)
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To: libstripper

I did not try to hold it.

I flipped it in a small trash can with the first thing I reached, a paint roller (dry, no paint).

It tried to bite everything it could reach. It was really upset when I approached it.


70 posted on 09/29/2011 1:41:19 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: matginzac

Read Riki Tiki Tavi - you just killed Nag. Nagina went and hid.

Buy a mongoose - quick.


71 posted on 09/29/2011 1:41:27 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: nagdt

The problem with snake repellents is that if you put the repellent around your house, the snakes in your house won’t leave.


72 posted on 09/29/2011 1:57:00 PM PDT by Pinetop
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To: matginzac
Homer Simpson is THE whacking snake expert...


73 posted on 09/29/2011 2:02:20 PM PDT by newfreep (I am a "terrorist". I am Sarah Palin!)
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To: Safetgiver
turd in the aorta)

You owe me a keyboard.

74 posted on 09/29/2011 6:38:52 PM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: NonValueAdded

“I’ll take copperheads over coral snakes any day!”

Not me, coral snakes are small, have small mouths and very short teeth, alhough they are neurotoxic. The other three poisonous US types are much larger (except for the pygmy rattler)the and have correspondingly larger mouths, longer fangs and a heavy load of hemotoxic venim. Rattlesnakes are the most widespread, numerous, dangerous and have several different sizes/colors and varieties. The Eastern Diamondback is the most dangerous and can easily exceed six feet long with very large fangs and a prodigious volume of venim.

JC


75 posted on 09/29/2011 7:32:03 PM PDT by cracker45
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To: thackney

I’m not suprised it was really upset. I’ve seen several TV shows about snake removals from homes. The critters are usually very scared and very angry and bier at everything they can hit.


76 posted on 09/30/2011 4:38:16 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

I’ve cornered several snakes before, killing the poison ones when I knew what they were.

This copperhead was young and little. It was the meanest snake I have seen, trying to repeatedly bite anything that got close.


77 posted on 09/30/2011 6:00:03 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I remember reading an article a while back about the Bushmaser, the largest poisonous snake in North and South America, but don’t remeber the publication. Anyway, this guy was doing various nature studies in Costa Rica, found himself a “nice Boa Constrictor,” picked it up without any trouble and took it back to camp, where it was promptly identified as a Bushmaster!!! DUH!!! Sometimes poisonous snakes aren’t all tha hostile.


78 posted on 10/01/2011 5:00:17 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

I actually thought mine was a lost pet, someone’s boa constrictor as well. That is why I offered it to the neighbor.


79 posted on 10/01/2011 7:56:17 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney; matginzac

All these comments, and this started out as nothing but a vanity. Good job.


80 posted on 10/01/2011 8:16:49 AM PDT by libstripper
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