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7-Foot-3 Rattlesnake Caught, Killed
news4jax. ^ | September 30, 2009

Posted on 09/30/2009 11:08:20 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Giant Rattlesnake Slithers Its Way Into St. Augustine Townhouse Community

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The trappers who caught and killed a giant rattlesnake in St. Johns County said the snake was 7 feet 3 inches long.

Experts said it's one of the biggest rattlesnakes they've ever seen.

The rattlesnake slithered its way into Tuscany Village, a St. Augustine townhouse community, over the weekend.

Someone spotted the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, now being called Rattzilla, near homes off State Road 16 and Interstate 95 and called police.

Police then called Brandon Booth, a professional trapper. Booth said that when he pulled up, he realized how big and dangerous the rattler was.

"When I got there, I looked at it and said, 'That's bigger than 6 feet,'" Booth said. "I didn't have time to really think. I just jumped out of the truck with my gig and got him. He wasn't going to get away."

Booth said he had no choice but to kill the venomous snake because there were lots of people around and a venomous snake that big could easily kill someone.

He said he usually won't kill a snake unless it's venomous.

"I wasn't going to let him get away, so I just went ahead and did what I had to do," Booth said. "There's a lot of kids in that neighborhood and even adults, so I figured it was the best thing to do. I'm not a snake wrestler."

Right now, the snake is sitting in Booth's freezer until he decides what to do with it. The snake was frozen after it was killed and shrunk considerably in size because the muscles were no longer relaxed.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: fla; rattlesnake
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1 posted on 09/30/2009 11:08:20 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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That would make a bunch of hatbands.


2 posted on 09/30/2009 11:14:58 PM PDT by alaskanfan
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3 posted on 09/30/2009 11:17:09 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Good gravy that things enormous. I wonder how much venom those fangs could pump into a victim. I’m assuming it would be exponentially more dangerous than your normal 3-5 footer.


4 posted on 09/30/2009 11:18:22 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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5 posted on 09/30/2009 11:20:21 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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6 posted on 09/30/2009 11:23:34 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

bookmark!!


7 posted on 09/30/2009 11:26:45 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: JoeProBono

Holy smoke, that’s a huge snake. It’s not only long but it’s fat too. I’ve killed several rattlers at my house but never one like that. I use a 410 to kill them, but I think it would take a 12 ga to kill that thing.


8 posted on 09/30/2009 11:31:51 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (THE ONLY ASTROTURF IN CONGRESS IS FOUND BETWEEN NANCY PELOSI'S EARS!!)
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9 posted on 09/30/2009 11:40:21 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

A mower hit one that that was about 7 ft. long on my school playground, when I was a kid. It was a diamondback but in southeast TX. ...didn’t know that there were subtypes (”eastern,” etc.). We were very accustomed to seeing snakes.


10 posted on 09/30/2009 11:40:24 PM PDT by familyop ("Nice girl, but about as sharp as a sack of wet mice." --Foghorn Leghorn)
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11 posted on 09/30/2009 11:42:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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A big rattlesnake calls for a big firearm.
12 posted on 09/30/2009 11:42:58 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Fred Nerks

Aussie Sized Snake Ping!


13 posted on 09/30/2009 11:44:55 PM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weap<p>ons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: Liberty Valance
A very, very sharp sword works well on large snakes.But you only get one chance.
14 posted on 09/30/2009 11:46:42 PM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weap<p>ons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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15 posted on 09/30/2009 11:48:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
State Road 16 and Interstate 95

Geesh, I just stayed in a motel at that intersection this past weekend. Right near the outlet malls.......wow....however, it was not a Holiday Inn Express.....(the other HI)

16 posted on 09/30/2009 11:52:43 PM PDT by OBXWanderer
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17 posted on 09/30/2009 11:57:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
Look at the size of his fangs! They could go right through a small child's arm. Incredible!


18 posted on 09/30/2009 11:57:38 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (THE ONLY ASTROTURF IN CONGRESS IS FOUND BETWEEN NANCY PELOSI'S EARS!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Yep. After seeing the pictures, the ones that were around us in SE TX were western diamondbacks. ...been a long time except for some Army NG time in hot climates. :-) In tropical places, animals that bite or sting are pretty thick. ...don’t miss that or the heat and humidity at all.


19 posted on 09/30/2009 11:58:50 PM PDT by familyop
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20 posted on 10/01/2009 12:01:41 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s a huge snake in AZ too! Normally don’t get that big in the southwest. I’ve killed a lot of them at my house but they’re usually between 3 1/2 to 4 feet.


21 posted on 10/01/2009 12:02:07 AM PDT by NRA2BFree (THE ONLY ASTROTURF IN CONGRESS IS FOUND BETWEEN NANCY PELOSI'S EARS!!)
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To: JoeProBono

I ran up against one just like this, I was remodeling an old farm house, he kinda went at me, (I didn’t know what it was, it was pitch black), I went to the bathroom, came back, saw him doubled up, got a nearby shovel to do him in.

We were both too sleepy to take each other out. But that’s what size he was.


22 posted on 10/01/2009 12:03:46 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: JoeProBono
That thing could very easily eat a dog or cat. I usually kill a few every summer but I didn't get out there looking for them this year. My heart would fail if I saw one that big! LOL


23 posted on 10/01/2009 12:09:04 AM PDT by NRA2BFree (THE ONLY ASTROTURF IN CONGRESS IS FOUND BETWEEN NANCY PELOSI'S EARS!!)
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To: JoeProBono

I’ve always wondered about these claims of “biggest”. When I was camping in NE Pennsylvania we saw a rattler that was way bigger than the 7’2” “record” . It was big enough that we figured it was eating the beavers — it looked like it had eaten a kid. We saw a lot of timberr rattlers up there, and it was “open season” when we kids found one, but I’ll always remember the reaction of the dads to this one — they wouldn’t let us within 30 ft of this one, and the top of that hill was off limits after that — through the next year!

I remember imagining an 8’x4’ sheet of plywood, and this thing was longer by at least a foot.


24 posted on 10/01/2009 12:21:06 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: JoeProBono
Right down the road from here! There is some prime habitat around here that is being cleared, the big ones have got to go somewhere.

I would have prefered to see this one go to the gator farm alive.

25 posted on 10/01/2009 12:47:20 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Born to Conserve

Yeah, you ever been to the Rattler Hunt in Noxen? We actually are more known for our pitvipers (mainly Copperheads) than rattlers. They’re absolutely vicious. I took one out with a .357 mag last Summer and some assclown called the cops. When the cops saw the snake, and the fact that my two nephews were playing nearby where the snake was (and logically where others would be) they let me off the hook.


26 posted on 10/01/2009 12:56:40 AM PDT by RAO1125 (Revolution's are for Marxists. We need a Constitutional Restoration)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I see you are awake, did you see that Indonesian pic I pinged you to?


27 posted on 10/01/2009 1:00:17 AM PDT by txhurl (We should be asleep)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Which reminds me


28 posted on 10/01/2009 1:04:48 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: txhurl

Sure did, that is something else!


29 posted on 10/01/2009 1:10:21 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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For those who missed it.

30 posted on 10/01/2009 1:18:53 AM PDT by txhurl (We should be asleep)
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I missed it!
That is an awesome pic!

What is the story?


31 posted on 10/01/2009 1:48:35 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: JoeProBono
7-Foot-3 Rattlesnake Caught, Killed

RIP.

32 posted on 10/01/2009 2:14:29 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Candor7

THIS IS A SNAKE!

33 posted on 10/01/2009 2:40:35 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: JoeProBono
looks like the rattlers are beefing up to take on the pythons...

Rummmble!!!


34 posted on 10/01/2009 2:42:17 AM PDT by databoss (Keep The Change....)
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To: JoeProBono; Candor7

ate a sheep and got stuck in the electric fence...

35 posted on 10/01/2009 2:44:24 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Candor7; JoeProBono

bite me...

36 posted on 10/01/2009 2:46:52 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Fred Nerks
ate a sheep and got stuck in the electric fence...

I hate when that happens...

37 posted on 10/01/2009 3:30:31 AM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: RAO1125

You can legally use a firearm in PA for that purpose ,esp . in Noxen. You can shoot in your backyard with a capture box . What was the legal problem ?


38 posted on 10/01/2009 4:26:32 AM PDT by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: JoeProBono

Between 20 foot pythons and 7 foot rettlers I’m never going to get my wife to set foot near Florida.


39 posted on 10/01/2009 4:32:20 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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;-{)


40 posted on 10/01/2009 4:39:58 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Fred Nerks

41 posted on 10/01/2009 4:43:30 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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42 posted on 10/01/2009 4:45:55 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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43 posted on 10/01/2009 4:47:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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44 posted on 10/01/2009 4:57:58 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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To: Fred Nerks
"Oh yeah, deadly. Not bad eatin' but they always give me gas". Crocodile Dundee Pictures, Images and Photos
45 posted on 10/01/2009 5:03:09 AM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: JoeProBono
Whachewgonnado?


46 posted on 10/01/2009 5:03:51 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: JoeProBono

What is that a picture of?


47 posted on 10/01/2009 5:04:30 AM PDT by weef
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To: JoeProBono

That is some funny stuff there.

Photoshop and BS.

What was the name of the author??? ROFL!


48 posted on 10/01/2009 5:08:48 AM PDT by Double Tap
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To: weef

Which?


49 posted on 10/01/2009 5:14:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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50 posted on 10/01/2009 5:17:25 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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