2021 Snake Spotting

cygunner

Devil's Den - Gettysburg
Jan 20, 2021
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baboon,

FY, when my knee as REALLY "messed-up" & "HURT LIKE H" (after a tumble down the stairs), I found that a LIGHT/THIN polycarbonate ski-pole (cut down to about 48") WORKED WELL for the same purposes, whether as a walking cane, a handy tool to expend my arm-reach or as a defensive weapon.

yours, satx
I prefer a 48" pole that goes bang on one end.
 

satx78247

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Your best defense against snakes, or thugs, is situational awareness. Look, and know what is going on around you at all times.
KJQ6945,

i know that this comment may be a bit OFF TOPIC but yesterday afternoon I talked to a Supervisor out at The Nature Center & she said that she wished that we had the "pastel-colored " Cottonmouth that you took photos of, as those natural color variations are QUITE RARE & that IF we had the snake, we would have put it on display.

yours, satx
 

KJQ6945

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Jul 31, 2020
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Palestine
KJQ6945,

i know that this comment may be a bit OFF TOPIC but yesterday afternoon I talked to a Supervisor out at The Nature Center & she said that she wished that we had the "pastel-colored " Cottonmouth that you took photos of, as those natural color variations are QUITE RARE & that IF we had the snake, we would have put it on display.

yours, satx
I’ll keep that in mind if I find another one like that.
 

satx78247

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I’ll keep that in mind if I find another one like that.
KJQ6945,

Frankly, I would NOT suggest to "the average member" of TGT to try to catch us a "pastel Cottonmouth", as they likely would get snakebit BUT you are evidently quite experienced in handling DANGEROUS reptiles.
(IF I'm wrong about your ability as a "snake handler", please DISREGARD this comment, as you don't need to be treated for "getting tagged" by a Cottonmouth. = FYI, I was bitten on the left hand while gigging frogs in 1965 & I still well-remember how UNPLEASANT that my treatment in the ER & as an "inpatient", in the hospital for several days, was. = NOT even a "little bit fun", as I ended up with a RAGING INFECTION, that required "excising tissue" & administration of several bags of IV antibiotics to cure.)

In the event that you find/catch a RARE Cottonmouth, PLEASE PM me SOONEST & I'll figure out a person/place to get the snake to us for exhibition.

NOTE: About 5 years ago, the TPWD had, what I believe was "a variation of" ALBINO Cottonmouth that was a PALE IVORY in body color, with a MUTED PASTEL-BEIGE DIAMOND PATTERN & BRIGHT GOLDEN eyes.
(BEAUTIFUL snake!!!)

Unfortunately, it would NOT willingly take live/dead prey in captivity, had to be "force-fed" & despite the large amount of effort that was expended by TAMU grad students to care for such a RARE creature it was found to have "died during the night" some 6 weeks later.

yours, satx
 
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KJQ6945

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Found this one today. It wasn’t being aggressive so I took the opportunity to cut loose with #4 shot out of a Ruger Blackhawk. Good riddance.




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That is juvenile/adolescent Copperhead. You can see the discoloration at the tip of his tail still. When they are young, it’s yellow. Definitely not something you want on your porch.
 

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