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Old 07-22-2020, 10:21 AM
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They must love me for some reason. Four of them in the last two days.




Old 07-22-2020, 10:24 AM
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Just keep them down in OIB. All I ask.
Old 07-22-2020, 11:38 AM
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They look like good sized ones too.
Old 07-22-2020, 11:45 AM
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This little guy got into some brush before I got back with an axe. Curious what your preferred tool is for dispatch 😂
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Those pics in the back of a truck.. they look like maybe 18-24" long? Probably from the same "litter" (or whatever a litter of snakes are called). I live on the water and have a lot of marsh/wetlands around. Last year I caught maybe 15 corn snakes all around the same size - one of them I actually caught IN my house when I got home from work one day. All over a 2-3 week period. This year I've caught 2.

Either way, they're probably all related - keep a look out and keep your pets close. No reason to be especially alarmed.
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A lot of times you'll find them in pairs.
One popped a couple dogs in our hood the other day. The dogs owner gave them some Benadryl and they were fine. Their venom isn't very toxic, thank goodness.
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I hate them SOBs. When I was in the USMC in N. Carolina, we use to run into them all the time during training. They are aggressive and will chase you.
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Originally Posted by vulcan View Post
I hate them SOBs. When I was in the USMC in N. Carolina, we use to run into them all the time during training. They are aggressive and will chase you.
Chased by a snake? Do tell.
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I killed one a couple of years ago and that's been it until now.

Wife was letting the dog out before we go to bed and she saw one by the Azaleas. I went and got a shovel killed it , said ok you can let her out. She came back in and said there's another one. Killed it and then found the third. Last night I killed that last one on tailgate. Two nights in a row.
Threw them in the marsh , figured the crabs will eat them.

We had a big Lantanna probably 3-4' around. I cut it down this morning. Maybe they were trying to stay cool under it . I've never seen this many before.

Guess I'll see what shows up tonight.
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Chased by a snake? Do tell.
Never been chased by a snake? I've been chased by a few water snakes - those things will chase anything. A few years ago I was swimming at a waterfall near my inlaws lakehouse. My FIL's best friend is deathly afraid of snakes - we pulled up on jetskis and I jumped in to cool off. As soon as I jumped in, he yelled that there was a snake on the other end of the cove. I've caught snakes my whole life and am not worried in the least about them, so I shrugged him off. He kept watching and a few mins later, he's yelling that it's coming near me. My eyes were even with the water, so I could barely see it, but could make it out sort of headed my way. I was maybe 30' from my ski and I started swimming toward it and I don't know if it was the splashing or what, but it took off after me. By the time I got to my ski, it was maybe 8-10' away. I got up on my ski, connected the lanyard and looked back and it had it's head up on the platform of my ski and was working the rest of his body on it as well. My FIL's buddy was screaming like a woman and I'm scrambling to get that thing started - I got it cranked and immediately hammered down. I bet I blew that snake 20 yards across the water.

But yea - I've been chased by a few water snakes, also had them chase lures and stuff on a river I grew up on.

Lastly, many years ago when I used to survey in college, I was running the gun and looked down to see a copperhead curled up around my boot. It was cold out and the snake was pretty lethargic, so I kicked him away. A min or so later and I look down and again, it's right at my boot. I grabbed a stick, scooped it up and walked it 15-20' away. A few mins later, I look down and it's back, just like a puppy, curled up on my boot. I couldn't move the gun, my rod man is yelling for me to get with it and stop screwing around with the snake, so unfortunately I grabbed my bush axe and cut it's head off. It was the weirdest thing - I went to grab the body, to throw it away and the head started striking - even though it was disconnected from the body. I poked at it a few times - I'd poke the body and the head would strike. I'd poke the head and the body would wiggle. And they were separated by a good 6" of space. So creepy.
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Originally Posted by Water Intrusion View Post
Never been chased by a snake? I've been chased by a few water snakes - those things will chase anything. A few years ago I was swimming at a waterfall near my inlaws lakehouse. My FIL's best friend is deathly afraid of snakes - we pulled up on jetskis and I jumped in to cool off. As soon as I jumped in, he yelled that there was a snake on the other end of the cove. I've caught snakes my whole life and am not worried in the least about them, so I shrugged him off. He kept watching and a few mins later, he's yelling that it's coming near me. My eyes were even with the water, so I could barely see it, but could make it out sort of headed my way. I was maybe 30' from my ski and I started swimming toward it and I don't know if it was the splashing or what, but it took off after me. By the time I got to my ski, it was maybe 8-10' away. I got up on my ski, connected the lanyard and looked back and it had it's head up on the platform of my ski and was working the rest of his body on it as well. My FIL's buddy was screaming like a woman and I'm scrambling to get that thing started - I got it cranked and immediately hammered down. I bet I blew that snake 20 yards across the water.

But yea - I've been chased by a few water snakes, also had them chase lures and stuff on a river I grew up on.

Lastly, many years ago when I used to survey in college, I was running the gun and looked down to see a copperhead curled up around my boot. It was cold out and the snake was pretty lethargic, so I kicked him away. A min or so later and I look down and again, it's right at my boot. I grabbed a stick, scooped it up and walked it 15-20' away. A few mins later, I look down and it's back, just like a puppy, curled up on my boot. I couldn't move the gun, my rod man is yelling for me to get with it and stop screwing around with the snake, so unfortunately I grabbed my bush axe and cut it's head off. It was the weirdest thing - I went to grab the body, to throw it away and the head started striking - even though it was disconnected from the body. I poked at it a few times - I'd poke the body and the head would strike. I'd poke the head and the body would wiggle. And they were separated by a good 6" of space. So creepy.
he was after your body heat. He wanted to cuddle and what did you do? You slaughtered him!! Whatd ya kill Jessie fer?! What’s ya kill Jessie fer?!!!! 😂😂
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I have seen 13 snakes so far this summer. 10 black snakes, 2 copperheads and 1 corn snake. The most ever.
Old 07-22-2020, 05:13 PM
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I would love to have the skins from any nice sized copperheads y'all decide to kill.
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Originally Posted by Layedback View Post
he was after your body heat. He wanted to cuddle and what did you do? You slaughtered him!! Whatd ya kill Jessie fer?! What’s ya kill Jessie fer?!!!! 😂😂
I call it a Kiser blade, some folks call it a sling blade
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Old 07-22-2020, 05:40 PM
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Better believe it. Just like a Cotton Mouth they get angry...
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Originally Posted by Ken T View Post
I call it a Kiser blade, some folks call it a sling blade
shaped kinda like a bananer mmmhmm.....
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Originally Posted by Bigrodholder View Post
Chased by a snake? Do tell.
a cottonmouth will run you down
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Absolutely...
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Originally Posted by westco View Post
a cottonmouth will run you down
I had a cotton mouth attack my truck once... darn thing attacked the tires as I rode up to get a look

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On my brothers boat this morning. Split of the rivers on lake Murray. Pretty certain it’s a banded water snake, non-venemous.





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