09-17-2011, 09:42 PM #1
Florida Rattlesnake - in the front yard!
Killed this Eastern Diamondback Rattler (pit viper) just a few feet from our mailbox in the front yard tonight; this thing was between 4 and 5 feet long and as thick as my arm; (they get a lot bigger here); it was a beautiful animal but way too dangerous with kids and pets around the neighborhood. After this I will be a little more careful walking around the house at night!
09-17-2011, 10:42 PM #2
09-17-2011, 10:48 PM #3
My good friend's son was bit by one. The consensus was that it was a species of rattler and approx. 30 inches long. He was vomiting within half an hour and it was a 45 minute drive to the nearest medical facility. He ended up in quite a bit of pain and two weeks later is still on crutches, but making a speedy recovery.
I'm no snake hater myself, but yeah - large, venomous reptiles around the house have to go.
09-17-2011, 11:19 PM #4
Got a head and the rattles on a bolo tie on my mirror. Great when dead!!!
09-18-2011, 12:10 AM #5
09-18-2011, 12:42 AM #6
He is a cool color snake. They look different over here. I guess that why they call them Westerns diamondback. I saw one crossing the lake one day. All I could think about was crashing next to it and bit the hell out of me.
09-18-2011, 09:36 AM #7
Rattlesnake Kills Boy in Florida
Bites are rare, but Wright and Wright mention a mortality rate of 30% which is pretty amazing. When Diamondbacks bite they can hit you with a BIG shot of venom; an average of 400–450 mg on up to 1,000 mg depending on size of the reptile. The venom has been described as "highly necrotizing," this means even if you live, a hit from a big pit viper can still cause massive tissue loss, permanent nerve damage, amputated fingers and toes, etc. Translation; pit vipers can screw you up pretty bad.
I thought about trying to put it in a plastic trash can and transporting it to a safer area, but even though I have caught and kept a lot of non-venomous serpents over the years, I'm not experienced with "hot" snakes; and the last thing I need is a trip to the hospital. I know for a fact that most wild envenomations happen while people are trying to kill or capture the animal.
Not to mention, this thing got really pissed off after I took that photo; I went to get a shovel and by the time I came back it was flattened out and striking at my kids while side tracking for my neighbor's yard. I could hear a distinctive "PING" when the fangs hit the metal shovel as it was striking out.
Not that I blame it; it was only trying to defend itself and I have a lot of respect for wildlife. But I kept thinking what if that beast would have crawled under my son's car at night, or into the flower beds I was planning on cleaning out today! In a more isolated setting I would have much preferred to leave it alone, but we all agreed it had to go.
09-18-2011, 11:05 AM #8
DAM! Yo a shovel thats like bringing a knife to a gun fight! LOL
You must live in the city. Out here where I live that would have been my 12 gauge shot gun!
Glad everyone is ok tho stay safe!
09-18-2011, 03:49 PM #9
You did the right thing. No worries on your part. You were thinking about you and your family's safety.
09-18-2011, 03:50 PM #10
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