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Old 06-11-2018, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default If you kill rattlesnakes for pens....

...wait a while to pick them up!!!

Fortunately, in Wisconsin we don't encounter rattlers, so I know NOTHING about killing them. But for those who DO need to kill them from time to time, here is an important story:

"A Texas man nearly died after he was bitten by a rattlesnake he decapitated.
Milo Sutcliffe and his wife, Jennifer, were doing yard work at their Corpus Cristi home when they encountered the four-foot rattlesnake on May 27.
Jennifer Sutcliffe told KIII-TV her husband then took a shovel and severed the snake's head, but when he bent down to pick it up, the snakeís head bit him."

The story goes on to say it took 26 doses of anti-venom to stabilize the husband, who is recovering.

Hope this helps some of you who have "rattler problems"!!
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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kinda like a chicken with it head cut off. Takes awhile for the nerves to settle down. The head of a venomous snake is not to be handled. Dig a hole and cover it up...use the shovel. Thanks Ed. That story was in all the local news recently. Happens more than is noted. That is one reason I purchase skins from the butcher room at the local snake roundups. Let someone else do the dangerous work.
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...wait a while to pick them up!!!

Fortunately, in Wisconsin we don't encounter rattlers, so I know NOTHING about killing them. But for those who DO need to kill them from time to time, here is an important story:

"A Texas man nearly died after he was bitten by a rattlesnake he decapitated.
Milo Sutcliffe and his wife, Jennifer, were doing yard work at their Corpus Cristi home when they encountered the four-foot rattlesnake on May 27.
Jennifer Sutcliffe told KIII-TV her husband then took a shovel and severed the snake's head, but when he bent down to pick it up, the snakeís head bit him."

The story goes on to say it took 26 doses of anti-venom to stabilize the husband, who is recovering.

Hope this helps some of you who have "rattler problems"!!
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Thankfully my snakes come with the heads already off also. We don’t have much to worry about here in IL either but I still don’t like them. Snapping turtles are the same. 40 years ago I grew up watching my grandpa and dad catch them. We used to watch the heads bite down on sticks after they were decapatated. I’m glad I never had to worry about rattlers.
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Wow. Did not know that. Just one more reason for me to stay far away from all snakes. :)
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Wow. Did not know that. Just one more reason for me to stay far away from all snakes. :)

That and the fact that I'm kind of a wuss around snakes anyway... I don't even like to watch them on TV.
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Forget the snakes, wait until you get chased by a haggis!
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i was told that a rattle snake will bit 24 hours after it's death
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i was told that a rattle snake will bit 24 hours after it's death
I was told when I was a kid that snakes don't die till the sun goes down, but who knows.
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I can relate, except that it was the headless side of the rattlesnake that struck me (thank goodness!). It seems to vary from rattlesnake to rattlesnake on how long it takes for their instinctive nerves to give out, but it usually takes a minimum of two hours. Don't leave your headless snakes unattended!
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Thankfully my snakes come with the heads already off also. We donít have much to worry about here in IL either but I still donít like them. Snapping turtles are the same. 40 years ago I grew up watching my grandpa and dad catch them. We used to watch the heads bite down on sticks after they were decapatated. Iím glad I never had to worry about rattlers.

Then you sure wouldn't want to mess with this little guy that was caught this weekend.
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