No kidding.I'm pretty certain if I asked my wife to pick up a poisonous snake (even with grabbers) that I just shot I would hear something about where the sun don't shine.
. You guys gotta remember me and the wife are both career firefighters/ emt's. We both have seen years of pretty nasty and stressful stuff, so a snake is no big deal for either of us. However we do not go around picking them up or bothering them. I only terminate the poisonous ones that are on my property and pose a threat. Otherwise I let them eat the bugs and mice, so I do not have to set out mouse traps when the weather turns cold.I'm pretty certain if I asked my wife to pick up a poisonous snake (even with grabbers) that I just shot I would hear something about where the sun don't shine.
When you're close enough to see one it's getting ready to strike in my book!When I was growing up in rural Florida, It seems all we saw were Eastern Diamondback rattlers and Water Moccasins.
The Moccasins were mostly dull charcoal grey. Now, it seems that large immature ones are colored very similarly to harmless water snakes. Perhaps they always were, and we just didn't know it. Almost indistinguishable, except possibly to a real expert!
If I lived in Florida again, I believe I would shoot ANY snake that even resembled one of the venemous ones. I would never go anywhere around woods or waterways without a pair of snake leggings, and carry a revolver with two snake shot handloads or Speer snake shot cartridges first and second up in the cylinder. Then powerful SD rounds as back-up.
In my present home State, it is illegal to kill a rattlesnake unless it is getting ready to bite you!
Common water snakes are, more often than not, misidentified as copperheads because of their coloring pattern(although darker than copperheads) and their aggressive nature when cornered. They flatten out and their head appears triangular like a viper and strike aggressively although totally harmless. If you're seeing them around the water in large numbers they are probably common "matrix" water snakes. I used to catch them and keep them as pets when I was a kid. I got bitten dozens of times drawing blood but never so much as an infection from it. The first pic is a common water snake, the second a copperhead and the third a comparison between a very red water snake and a copperhead.Copperheads here are very aggressive. They will even come at you.
Our black Timber Rattlers also have a severe attitude problem and will come after you.
Were the yellow Eastern Diamond back rattlers will mostly try and get away.
EXCEPT, in dog days. They will stand their ground and not move or rattle.
So you better hope you see them before they see you.
One time about 1987 I was out helping a guy cruize a block of timber. I had my Ruger single six with 22 mag in. I got into a rocky area and seen a big brown rattlesnake. It was dog days. So I shot it. About the time the gun went bang, rattlesnakes started slithering everywhere. I jumped up on a big rock and watched snakes everywhere. I realized I musta walked right into a snake den. I jumped rock to rock for as far as I could which was about 50 feet in the same direction I came in. Then carefully got the heck outta there.
Ive killed several copperheads. Most grown are about 3 foot max here.
I killed three, caught while fishing at night in Kinzu Dam.
I guess two musta tried to grab my walleye rapala. ?
They had to be terminated to get the hooks out, and boy were they mad.
One time these little kids came walking down to talk to Dad & I and they had an empty 2 liter pop bottle with a little, maybe 10 inch copperhead in it. I cant believe none of them were bit. The parents looked like the dope crowd hippy type, said they were from Buffalo NY. We told them about the snakes, they brushed it off totally. I took the pop bottle off the kids and chucked it in the river with a rock taped to it. I still cant believe they didnt get bit.
It sure made me think twice about walking around , and especially sitting on the shore line at night fishing up there. Apparently, they have a pretty good copperhead population.
I killed a 47' inch minus the head, while fishing. The ONLY reason I bothered measuring it was since it was so big. Thats a REALLY BIG copperhead IMO.
Like I said, most we see are 30 to 36 inches.
For some weird reason,, when we were young in the 1970's, rattlers and copperheads were only seen in specific remote area's. And we knew WHERE those area's were at and avoided them.
Now, it seems like they are turning up in weird populated area's where we never seen them before.
And yeah, we kill them. IMO, We seen alot of this due to gas and coal companys running heavy equipment in those remote area's. It seems to drive the snakes out.
Poisonous snakes may have their place, but its NOT around human populated area's. And its NOT around me.