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Discussion in 'The OT' started by Rich, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. dennisj00

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    I've watched a black snake climb up a brick wall or a poplar tree - 20 or 30' high - fairly smooth bark.

    They're amazing. (particularly if there's a bird's nest nearby)
     
  2. Polardog

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    I've never seen a rattler. My location is heavily wooded with areas of open weeded fields. But not too far away (5 miles or so) at the base of the Kittatinny Mtns there are large areas of dry, open rock outcrops with very limited vegitation. Neighbors up in that area say there are plenty of rattlers around. Pets seem to be most at risk.
    I'm no expert but it is my understanding that rattlers don't like the forrested wetlands where I reside. There is a large pond and swampy areas on my own property. The same is true all around me.
     
  3. MysteryMan

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    Nam has more than it's fair share of snakes. Made accidental contact with one at night during a L.R.R.P. Bit me on the left hand between the thumb and index finger. We had to cut it's head off to get it to let go. Was told it was non venomous but my hand swelled up and hurt for a week. Have scars where it sank it's teeth.
     
  4. Rich

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    Ivy? A snake goes up ivy really well. Also makes a great place for them to hide when the ivy is used for ground cover.

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  5. Rich

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    Yup. Guam is a great example of how snakes get into houses. Google "guam snakes infestation 2012" and you'll see how much trouble they can cause.

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  6. Rich

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    Don't know whether it's on You Tube, but I've seen a short clip where a big (really big) constrictor actually jumps (I know, no legs) onto a big tree trunk and proceeds up the tree. Must have coiled up somehow and sprung up. Landed a few feet up the trunk and just adhered to it.

    Last summer, I walked past a crab apple tree in my yard that was slowly dying and noticed a snake on a branch and it quickly slid down a bit and disappeared into the tree. Next day, I saw a couple of them enter the tree. Cut the tree down and dug the stump out. Killed a few more that were living in the tree and finally got the whole stump out. Got one with a sledgehammer.

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  7. Rich

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    They seem to be prevalent in high grass and rocky places. Never thought of them as a swamp snake. They are in the Pinelands too. So is Great Adventure, Six Flags. Makes me wonder if Six Flags has a "snake crew".

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  8. Rich

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    I'm sitting here trying to imagine what that must have been like. How big was it?

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  9. MysteryMan

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    Big, between 4 and 5 feet. And very strong. After we cut it's head off we head to pry it's mouth open to release it from my hand.
     
  10. Rich

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    Did you LURPs carry anti-toxin kits? Were you injected, just in case?

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  11. MysteryMan

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    No. There are 140 species of snake in Vietnam. Over 30 of them are poisonous. The issue with snakes was to remain alert. I had the point on that patrol. As I stated we were traveling at night. I needed to move the foliage that was blocking my line of site. I could not see the tree branch with the snake coiled around it that was behind the foliage. I made contact with the snake when I moved the foliage with my left hand.
     
  12. djlong

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    A snake may not be "poisonous", per se, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a mouth full of nasty bacteria and other germs!
     
  13. dennisj00

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    Actually a human bite is more dangerous!
     
  14. Rich

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    So, the swelling and pain were bacterial. Interesting.

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