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    I've had three dogs bitten by snakes out here so I do my best to send them to snake heaven just as fast as I can. (that adds up to over 5K in vet bills)
    Depending on where they are I sometimes ignore Rat snakes and other more or less harmless ones but anything in the dog yard has to go. I don't want a dog to think it can mess with a snake and not be a problem.
    This last one was a fat one for his length with 7 buttons on his tail but no where near as big as some of the eastern diamondbacks I've seen and killed here. The good part of a big one like this is they are easy to see we've had some pygmy ones and copperheads in the leaves and under bushes that even with a shotgun were hard to get a bead on.
    Had one years ago that would have set you up for western wear you could have made boots, a belt, a holster, a hat band, and still have enough skin for a pair of chaps. He got away because all I had time to work on was keeping our black lab puppy from going near him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coopercdrkey View Post
    How wide is a minor county road? I have no idea, except that two oncoming vehicles can (usually) pass even if just barely...

    Anyhow, the reason I ask is to establish the length of an Eastern Diamondback that caused me to break and stop my car while it traversed said road with the head finding the grass on one shoulder just as the rattles left the grass on the other. As it made its way toward the brush and home, I swear it looked back as if to say, "What's your problem?"
    There's a hardware store in Santa Fe that has a stuffed diamondback (I think it's a Western, which don't get quite as big as the Eastern) laid out flat on the mounting board. 7' 1". Seven feet one inch. One heck of a beast snake.
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    Those snakes are picking on the wrong porch! I know they eat mice and rats but so do feral cats. We went that route. lol

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    I have a couple of fox that hang around here at night. I prefer them to any snake for varmint control.
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    Make for some good eating. Had some on my last trip to AZ.

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    We have them here, along with cotton mouth and copper heads but I've never seen one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coopercdrkey View Post
    How wide is a minor county road? I have no idea, except that two oncoming vehicles can (usually) pass even if just barely...

    Anyhow, the reason I ask is to establish the length of an Eastern Diamondback that caused me to break and stop my car while it traversed said road with the head finding the grass on one shoulder just as the rattles left the grass on the other. As it made its way toward the brush and home, I swear it looked back as if to say, "What's your problem?"
    I’ve ridden many of Fla’s back country roads (near Live Oak) and encountered more eastern diamondbacks than I care to remember. Some of them looked like logs fallen across the road. Bodies as big around as my thighs. We would run them over, several times, while skidding the tires into the body. And made sure they were dead before leaving so as to not leave an agitated viper behind.
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    I live well out into the sticks, with in the last couple of years our road was finally paved so we didn't need two 4X4s just to get out and back home.
    I've seen some strange stuff at the house including an Emu (some one was raising them near by) but by and large the biggest problem has been snakes. We have bigger dogs so some stuff (and people) stay away but the snakes show up everywhere including the dog yard.
    I've got over 500 rounds of shotgun shells (haven't been shooting skeet for a while) so I deal with them as they show up.
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I would be tempted to pull my old bolt action, box mag Fed 28” barrel 410 outta the safe and go snake hunting with some #5 shot. Or, even my Browning A5 in 12G, #4 buck shot with a long barrel, too. The long barrel is a must for me.

    We have run across a copperhead or two on our property that I’ve managed to handle without shooting - a hoe to the neck works. They are usually sunning themselves on our driveway so roll up on them, pin 8em down then hoe ‘em. I saw one scooting for cover while cutting grass one day and just make a snake sushi with the lawnmower. Rick?

    I ran over several on old back roads during my biking days. I would tell whoever was riding 2up to lift their feet as I ran over them as they typically spasm’d and both ends bent up when I went over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daytonaredeye View Post
    I’ve ridden many of Fla’s back country roads (near Live Oak) and encountered more eastern diamondbacks than I care to remember. Some of them looked like logs fallen across the road. Bodies as big around as my thighs. We would run them over, several times, while skidding the tires into the body. And made sure they were dead before leaving so as to not leave an agitated viper behind.


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