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Old 08-19-2014, 02:32 PM
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Popping down Core Creek today when ran across what looked like a big thick pipe or tubing of some kind….circling back around, it was some kind of creature….a snake without a head or the tail end of a gator……(What say you?)
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big dead copperhead
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Snake, but woulda been headed in the other direction too fast to find out after seeing that.
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Maybe a bloated eastern diamondback rattlesnake? Certainly something I would not want to see floating down the creek!
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Originally Posted by Harriss Sea View Post
Certainly something I would not want to see floating down the creek!
I kept my distance til I knew it was in fact dead - what you see there is probably 5 foot long. I could tell it had been cut in two - just wasn't sure how much was missing.
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The markings look like a timber rattler. The band's are straight and kind of chevron. Doesn't look like a diamond back or a copperhead cause can't really see a diamond shape. I not sure but I don't think the timber rattler is very common on the coast.
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It is an Eastern Hognose snake. I know for sure that's what it is, have seen them in Falls Lake here in Raleigh before. Sent pictures to herpetologist for ID. Here's a link with some pics and info...

http://ivycreekfoundation.org/ivycre...nosesnake.html

Totally harmless and very cool looking snakes. When threatened, they'll bow up and flatten their heads to appear larger and more threatening to who or whatever is bothering them.
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Originally Posted by dlos View Post
It is an Eastern Hognose snake. I know for sure that's what it is, have seen them in Falls Lake here in Raleigh before. Sent pictures to herpetologist for ID. Here's a link with some pics and info...

http://ivycreekfoundation.org/ivycre...nosesnake.html

Totally harmless and very cool looking snakes. When threatened, they'll bow up and flatten their heads to appear larger and more threatening to who or whatever is bothering them.
If it's a Hognose, it's a record size. This snake's remains were 4-5 feet - bigger than a Hognose is supposed to get.
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update: my wife texted the pics to an animal control guru - this is the guy who does all the exotic and dangerous pet rescues and forensic jobs in Raleigh area. He says resembles a rattler more than anything else. We're texting him what kind now…..
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Now I am leaning towards a Timber Rattler after looking at some more pics. If a rattler, that would be one big ass scary snake.
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More importantly, where the hell is Core Creek so I can stay away from there.
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This 5' timber was killed back in early 80's where I used to deer hunt Davidson co.
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Originally Posted by Harriss Sea View Post
Now I am leaning towards a Timber Rattler after looking at some more pics. If a rattler, that would be one big ass scary snake.
Tad from Triangle Wildlife and Pest Control verifies it is a timber rattler. And yes, even dead it was a big ass scary snake. Now I can only wonder if it were killed by a prop, or if someone chopped its head off on land and chunked the remains in the ICW.

FTR, Tad works from Raleigh, and fishes right often on Pole Dancer out of Swansboro.
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I guessed the timber rattler. Looked up pictures of them and it looks the same. If that is the case how common is the timber rattler to the NC coast.
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Yeah, rattlesnake. No doubt
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You should have jumped in an snuggled with his corpse. He looks like a snuggle snake.
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Originally Posted by Billdo View Post
You should have jumped in an snuggled with his corpse. He looks like a snuggle snake.
Too funny!


"Plucker":

Core Creek basically runs from Beaufort up towards and past the Jarrett Bay yard and dumps/turns into Adams Creek and butts up to the Neuse. Most folks around Carteret County use Core Creek to travel up to Oriental.
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Originally Posted by Billdo View Post
You should have jumped in an snuggled with his corpse. He looks like a snuggle snake.
….as tempting as that was…..
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Timber rattler that was most likely killed in one of the hunting clubs on either side of core creek. Chopped head off to kill and cut tail off for the rattles. I hunt across the creek from you and those dang things scare the he!! out of me as does any snake for that matter.
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Originally Posted by redjonesbrother View Post
Timber rattler that was most likely killed in one of the hunting clubs on either side of core creek. Chopped head off to kill and cut tail off for the rattles. I hunt across the creek from you and those dang things scare the he!! out of me as does any snake for that matter.

How often do you see them? They give me the heebiegeebies too, but they're neat as can be IMO as well.

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