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Warped & Twisted

You all like snakes

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I love snakes. I stop to get them off the road or trail. I don't understand why so many people dislike them or are afraid of them, and I get downright p*ssed when someone kills one.  As a teenager, I used to catch buzztails and sell them for milking to make anti-venin. $0.50 per buzzie. Also sold mice for $0.05 to feed them. When cruising timber for the Forest Service in Idaho, it was necessary to watch for snattlerakes on the warmer south-facing slopes of Ponderosa pine stands. It was tragic to find them burned to a crisp in forest fires. If they are in the way, I gently gather them up and move them to a safe place, safe for both of us.  Please respect snakes. They play a vital role in ecosystems. :OldManSmiley:

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11 hours ago, Warped & Twisted said:

You can have mine. We got no snakes in Alaska. Just the way I like it. 

 You don't have snow snakes on the roads up there ?      (for the banana belt people like Stick, a light dry snow will form into a tube shape behind a vehicle  and squirm across the road )   Roly

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10 hours ago, HandyDan said:

I like snakes and used to look for them as a youngster but 45 rattlers under the house would be a bit much.

I agree. I would relocate the buzzies to a safe area and put some sort of buzzie-proof guard around the house to prevent further encampment. 

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More to my story.

One day I was driving with my dog, a pointer, with a gunny sack holding about 5 buzztails. All of a sudden, my dog yelped and jumper into my lap barking toward the right front! The knot on the bag had become loose and the snakes were out, meaning crawling around the floor, under the seats! Imagine my delight having a 30+ pound dog doing the  hippity-hop stomp in my lap while driving at highway speed barely able to see the road past him. I veered off the road, hit the brakes, knocked it out of gear, and the dog and I bailed out at a speed slightly less than safe. Can you imagine how much fun it was getting an unhappy buzztail out from underneath a car seat? The dog barked continuously and gave me the evil eye for days afterward. :o

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Hat, like you, in the early '60s we used to catch them and sell them to the U of AZ. They were developing an anti venom serum, back then. They paid us $.50 also. Kept us in beer money. Ballantine was $.99 a six pack in them days. 

More recently, we have a steel shed for storing our travel trailer. It had a dirt floor and we laid plywood down to park on. On occasion, I'd need something we'd stored out there. On one such occasion, I opened the man door and saw a rattler curled up in the corner. She stayed around for two years. Named her Rosie. We used to have some interesting conversations. When we pulled the trailer out, it became obvious why Rosie was there. Mice had made huge nests under the plywood. A year or so later, we poured a slab. Rosie left. But, her kin are still around. Drives the dog nuts until I relocate them. 

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