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Archive for the ‘Snakes’ Category

Jul
28

Need Any Snakeskin Boots?

Posted by Timm

Buddy sniffing the snake skin Timm is holding

I found a 6-foot-long snake skin (mostly likely from a black racer) just outside our barn.

Oct
30

Tale of Two Snakes

Posted by Timm

Rough Green Snake

We saw two snakes on our hike today.  The first was a Rough Green Snake, which was easy to identify because it is the only snake in Kentucky with a bright green body.

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Jul
17

Rattle of a Dead Rattlesnake

Posted by Timm

Unfortunately I had to kill a rattlesnake yesterday.  This video shows the snake’s body amazingly moving still 15 minutes after it lost its head.  In the video I pick up the rattle and give it a good shake to produce the rattlesnake’s trademark warning sound.

The chickens were quite interested in the dead snake, but seemingly oblivious to the live snake when it was stalking them.  The chickens oddly spun and shook their heads as they cautiously circled the dead snake.

Jul
16

Rattlesnake Stalking Chickens

Posted by Timm

Rattlesnake stalking the chickens

I walked around the side of the barn to feed our chickens some blackberries, when I spotted a big rattlesnake stalking the chickens.

  

WARNING!  The following photos may be disturbing to some people.  Viewer discretion is advised.

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Jul
11

Copperhead Dead

Posted by Timm

Dead copperhead attack mode

This is as close as you’ll ever want to get to a poisonous Copperhead snake.  Intimidating little fellow, isn’t he?  Check out the fangs.  Hissss…

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May
05

First Copperhead of Spring

Posted by Timm

Copperhead snake sleeping in the vines

Theresa found our first copperhead snake of the year sleeping in the vines next to our pond.  The snake was quite docile, not showing the typical “bite first, ask questions later” nature of copperhead snakes.  Theresa was hauling cut trees off the pond dam and was fortunate that she wasn’t bit.  I wanted to neutralize this threat, but Theresa decided to take a risk and catch the snake and transport it to the forest, which she did without incident.

Copperhead snakes are pit vipers, named for the two heat sensing pits between the eyes and nostrils that are used to locate prey.  Between 5,000-8,000 snakebites are reported annually in the United States with a large majority being copperhead bites.  Copperhead bites are usually not fatal to adults, but can result in intense pain, throbbing, swelling and severe nausea that can last for days.  Permanent tissue damage can occur, especially when bitten on the hands or feet where there is not a large muscle mass to absorb the venom.  Victims should stay calm, immobilize the bite area, keep it lower than the heart, and immediately seek medical attention.  (Source: Copperhead-Snake.com)

Apr
21

Snake in the House

Posted by Timm

Black racer snake in our mobile home

Theresa found a 5-foot Black Racer snake inside our mobile home.  Fortunately these snakes are not poisonous, though they can still deliver a painful bite.

   

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Jun
21

Copperhead: Don’t Tread on Me

Posted by Timm

We had a close encounter with a copperhead while hiking in the forest.

Copperhead snake in the grass

Fortunately Theresa spotted him, and he was coiled up tight, saying "I’m cold from the rain, so don’t mess with me, and I won’t mess with you."

Apr
23

Black Racer Snake

Posted by Timm

We encountered a black racer snake on our hike last weekend.  Though these snakes are not poisonous, they can be aggressive when cornered.  Their bite is also very painful, something we’ve fortunately not experienced.  Black Racers are so named because they are very quick and can “run” almost as fast as humans.

Black Racer Snake

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