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Tell me about your run-ins with snakes. I nearly stepped on a big Diamondback while deer hunting in Florida when I was 13 years

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  • #16
    My Grandmother died at 99. She slipped and broke her hip while bringing in kindling during a blizzard and never recovered. She used to keep a garden hoe at both the front and the back doors to use as a cane and to kill rattlesnakes. She owned a couple of guinea fowl and two turkeys. They were her watch dogs, when the snakes showed up looking for mice or gophers in her yard these birds would put up a fearful racket. She would summarily, chop the trespassing rattlers head off with the closest hoe.

    I suggested she was to old for this pastime. She cackled, and replied "at my age this all the excitement I get."

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    • #17
      I was about 10 and going out to feed the dogs before school one morning I opened up our wood door and storm door and just happend to notice a brown spot one the threshold as I stepped across. I looked down and there was about a 1 foot copper head that had spent the night coiled against the wood door. I about hit my head on the top of the door I jumped so high. Any way that one didn't make it back to the woods!

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      • #18
        My wierdest experience came in Mississippi in about 1975. A couple friends and I were floating in a flat bottom boat down a muddy creek. Our purpose was to shoot some of the thousands of turtles that lived there with our .357 revolvers. Suddenly on one side of the boat a huge snake rolled out of the water, appeared to be 12-15 feet long and as much as 6-8 inches thick in the middle. We were so startled that we sat in silence and waited for him to surface again. This time we let loose a volley of 125 HPs but apparently did not hit him. This happened again so instantly that we were still reloading our M-19's so no one shot. That was the last we saw of it. Until this day I am convinced that it was a python that someone had turned loose and we accidently encountered. Oddly enough about a year later a couple of my friends roped and captured a turtle in the same creek which was estimated to weigh as much as 300 pounds. You could hold a broom stick in front of his nose and he would bite it into two pieces. A representative from the Memphis Zoo came to look at the turtle but rejected it saying that they had bigger and older ones of the same species. He figured it was in excess of 100 years old. My friends took the turtle back to the creek and released it. It might still be living there.

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        • #19
          Del I can't remember the names of those poisonous snakes that sometimes hang from tree limbs in Nam. Do you recollect or do I have to look it up? Nasty suckers.
          I know others have experienced similiar things but the kid and I were wading in Shell Creek near the Wyoming community of the same name trying to catch a few trout one summer day. I rolled up my Wranglers and the kid had on shorts, no waders. After a bit I looked up and saw two rattlesnakes riding on top of the current headed straight for us. I'm sure we came close to walking on water in an effort to get out of their way. Their heads and tails were held high when they rushed past us. I don't think I have not worn good waders ever since no matter how hot it might be.

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          • #20
            One more yarn. A local nurse told me that she and her husband were driving back the day after a party in a distant mountain village when she developed a belly cramp. They pulled the car off the road in Wyoming fashion due to lack of public facilities. She rushed into the sagebrush, pulled down her pants, and began to squat. Her husband quickly directed her to a different spot so she would not be in view of passersby on the highway. Just as she squated the second time she glanced down and directly between her legs was a prairie rattler...coiled. She spontaneously leaped forward with all her might leaving her open healed clog shoes, one on each side of the snake. Her husband wondered "What the hell?" He ran over to her thinking she had experienced a seizure or something similiar. She was covered in dirt and still had the belly cramp. The snake was angry and had to be run off with a long stick which is difficult to locate in the desert just to get her shoes back. She figured that things worked out pretty well otherwise on the front page of the little local paper would be a headline stating LOCAL NURSE BIT ON ASS.

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            • #21
              Those are all good ones especially the one about walking on water. My deceased bro-in-law liked to joke that he "put on his Jesus shoes and walked across that lake". Loved the Nurse too.

              I can't remember many of the snakes in 'Nam. Australia is loaded with dangerous serpents also.

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              • #22
                my dad has some could ones but i really only have two. one is me and my dad were cokmin from a hike and a copperhead took a bite at both of us, that my sound dull but im not good at strories. the other on isme and my dad were in a canoe and my sister in a kayke. a snake was following the kakak and shwe freaked out and just flew through the lake at full speed. she looked klike an idiot

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                • #23
                  I've heard that Namibia has the largest variety of poisonous snakes. Have absolutely no interest in personally checking the veracity of this statement.

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                  • #24
                    i was bite a month ago by a pairie rattler in riverton wy and had to have the first ever faciotomy in wyoming..29 viles of anti venom...i guess there only two other cases of people having to have faciotomy

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