My Personal Encounters With Rattlesnakes And Other Venomous Snakes In South Florida

The Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth)

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My First Encounter With A Venomous snake

My first encounter with a venomous snake happened when I was 10 years old. The little house I grew up in the country had no running water. A fast moving creek ran through our property. On the other side of the creek, my Daddy had devised a way to contain the spring water that bubbled up from the ground. He used a big metal container to hold the water. Then he ran a pipe from the container across the creek and into our house. We had the only house with running water from a tap. My Mother was the envy of the other country ladies. They had to rely on their deep wells to supply all of their water.

I Am Bitten By A Water Moccasin

Occasionally, the metal container needed to be cleaned out. This one beautiful sunny day, as Daddy cleaned the container, I sat down on the soft ground to watch him. I had my arms outstretched behind me with my palms flat on the ground. I felt a sharp pain between my ring finger and the little finger. I turned around to see a Water Moccasin, also called a Cottonmouth snake, near my hand. He was about three feet long. These snakes are very poisonous. I screamed. I knew right away I had been bitten. We country kids had seen these snakes before. We knew this snake is very aggressive, unlike some snakes that will run from you. The snake quickly slithered away. My Daddy took out his pocket knife, grabbed my hand, and without any hesitation, cut deep into my flesh. He then began to suck and spit out the venom.

After about 10 minutes of this, he picked me up and ran across the creek to the house. I was screaming all the way, “I’ll die, I’ll die!” My Daddy knew from reading his folk medicine books what to do. He read that heat would draw out the venom. We had a hen sitting on a nest of eggs on the porch. He grabbed the hen, wrung her neck, and with his pocket knife he cut the hen’s back end away revealing her body cavity. Then he rammed my hand up into the hen. Daddy threw me into the car, hen and all, and drove to the nearest doctor 25 miles away.

I’ll never forget going into the doctor’s office with the hen sitting on my hand. I can only imagine the reaction I got from the patients in the waiting room! The doctor said later that I would have died if Daddy had not taken the action he did. I woke up 4 days later with a very swollen, red hand and arm. Everyone thought I might die. The Water Moccasin’s bite is usually fatal unless medical attention is sought right away. Antivenom serum is now used by doctors.

After my near miss with death, Daddy would sit on the back porch with his rifle and shoot any Water Moccasin he saw swimming down the creek. These snakes float high on the water, and he would just pick them off. I think he was trying to kill the one snake that almost killed his daughter.

An Encounter With A Pigmy Rattlesnake

When one of my daughters was about 12 years old, she was taking a shower when I heard her scream, “Mommy, Mommy!” I thought to myself, “That kid. She’s forgotten a towel, “AGAIN!” When I opened the bathroom door, she was standing in the tub leaning over trying to see what was moving at her feet. This kid has poor eyesight and needed glasses to see well. She couldn’t tell what was moving at her feet. She just knew something was in the shower with her!

I immediately recognized a little grey Pigmy Ground Rattle snake. He was about one foot long. These snakes usually won’t kill a person from a bite, but they make you so sick you wish you did die (or so I’m told). They are very aggressive, and I was surprised that he had not bitten her. I quickly grabbed her by the arm and pulled her out of the shower. I threw her a towel, and ordered her out of the room. I calmly told her to run outside to the shed and bring me the metal lawn edger. This edger had a sharp blade to cut through grass and was on the end of a handle. I stayed inside the bathroom with the snake. When she returned with the edger, I instructed her to stuff a towel underneath the door. I was afraid the snake would get loose and slide under the door and be free in the house. I calmly stood over the tub and waited until he got close to the edge of the tub.

Then, I made my move. I came down on his neck with the edger and cut off his head. We never did figure out how this Pigmy snake got into the tub. We could only surmise that he came up through the drain. It took my daughter a long time before she would shower in her bathroom. She preferred to use mine.

A Pigmy Rattle Snake

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Another Experience With A Pigmy Rattler

I had another experience with these hateful little Pigmy Rattlers. I was digging holes to plant bulbs in my garden when I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye. Sure enough, a Pigmy was coiled and ready to strike me! Without even thinking about the danger I came down on him with the metal spade. Living in South Florida makes a person brave!


An Encounter With An eastern Diamonback Rattler

I used to ride on the Veterinary truck with Dr. Hyatt. I enjoyed being with him, and helping him work on cattle and horses. We had just finished our work at this ranch vaccinating cows. We were loading up the truck to go home. One of the cowboys came running up to the truck holding an Eastern Diamondback Rattle snake by the tail. This snake was about three feet long. The cowboy explained that he had just shot the snake, and asked us if we wanted him. Doc said he’d love to have him to take home and show our four children what a Rattler looked like. They had never seen this kind of snake before. Doc and the cowboy put the snake down inside a metal bucket. We loaded the snake in the bucket into the back of the Veterinary truck and headed home.

When we got home, Doc took the bucket out of the truck, and called the kids to come and look at the snake. They gathered around eager to see the big snake. When Doc dumped the snake out onto the ground, all of a sudden the Rattler coiled up, and began to rattle his tail. He was ready to defend himself. They can strike up to their length. These snakes are not aggressive unless they are threatened. Normally, they will just run away from humans. He was not dead at all. We guessed later he was just stunned by the bullet. Doc yelled and told everyone to run. We did. He got his rifle and blew the snake’s head off. This time we were sure the snake was dead! It scared me to death to think that we had driven home with that live Diamondback Rattler.

An Eastern Diamondback Rattle Snake

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Another Encounter With A Diamondback Rattle Snake

One last story about my encounter with a venomous snake. One sunny morning, I was on my way to the clothes line to hang up laundry. When I rounded the corner, I saw our family cat standing very still. He looked as though he was hypnotized. Then I saw why: a Diamondback Rattler was coiled ready to strike. That cat knew if he so much as moved an inch, he would be a goner! I quickly ran inside the house and grabbed my trusty 22 caliber pistol. Doc had taught me how to shoot and shoot well. I went back out and took a shot at the snake. I knew I had to shoot straight because I might not get another chance. I did it! One less killer snake alive. I was so proud of myself.

This Time I Encounter A Eastern Coral Snake

Ok, this last encounter was not with me, but with our little Rat Terrier. He was always playing with things he should not be playing with. I looked out the kitchen window one day, and saw George playing with something in the backyard. He would grab this thing and throw it up into the air, catch it and throw it up again. He was having the best time playing with “this thing”. I thought it was one the kid’s rubber toys. When I went out to look better, I saw it was an Eastern Coral Snake. This is a beautiful snake with very distinctive markings. There is another snake that he resembles: The Scarlet Kingsnake which is harmless. The Coral snake has a shiny black nose, and does not bite. He latches onto his victim and actually “chews”. His bite can be fatal if medical attention is not obtained quickly. I ran into the house and got a wide mouthed jar. I put the jar over the snake, and put the lid on tightly. I’m not sure what I had planned for the little killer. He was too small to shoot. I thought I’d wait until Doc got home; he would know how to kill him. I called the kids to come out and look at the snake in the jar. As we watched in amazement, the snake must have felt his own body. He began to “chew” on himself, and within 10 minutes he was dead! We think he might have committed suicide, or he just mistook himself for a victim. We will never know.

A Coral Snake

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There Are Six Venomous Snakes That Live In South Florida

There are six venomous snakes that live in South Florida: We have a total of 45 species of snakes who live here, but only six are venomous, and their bites can be fatal.

The Southern Copperhead that live in the Panhandle part of Florida

The Cotton Mouth (Water Moccasin). He is name the Cotton Mouth because when he opens his mouth the inside is white.

The Eastern Diamondback Rattle Snake

The Timber Rattle Snake ( Canebrake Rattlesnake)

The Eastern Coral Snake

The Pigmy Ground Rattle Snake

We realize we live in an area that has venomous snakes, and we live with that knowledge. We have displaced the snakes along with the wildlife here in Florida. We give the snakes plenty of room. We leave them alone, and we hope they leave us alone. . Most snakes will run from a human if given the chance.

The Canebrake (Timber) Rattle Snake

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The Southern Copperhead Snake

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hecate-horus profile image

hecate-horus 4 years ago from Rowland Woods

Wow! Very interesting hub! The chicken remedy, I've never heard such a thing in my life! I'm a big believer in "live and let live" when it comes to snakes, because you're right...they just want to be left alone. And they are benefittal in keeping vermin populations down. Anyway, voted up!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Mary this was such a wonderful hub. You did a great job in writing this hub..I could not stop reading. Your story of getting bit and the chicken sent shivers..I kept picturing some one in my family getting bit and grabbing one of my chickens..I am deathly scared of snakes and have found a few garden snakes but not rattlers which are prone for this area. I know one day it may happen. You are such brave lady. Your stories sent chills. Funny story but not really but sometimes in the heat of the summer when it is about 104 the small garden snakes have hidden in-between the bricks on the front porch.They almoost match the color. One day my daughter came home from work and one fell on her head. She screamed bloody murder..you would think..once would be enough..a couple months later it happened again..we then called her snake head..lol she refused to go through the front door for months..I don't blame her..thanks for sharing and the video was great..I am going to buy one!I tweeted, facebooked, and shared..:)voted way up!

Sunnie


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calico Stark 4 years ago from Earth for the time being

I really enjoyed this hub! I lived on a mountain in rural Southwest Virginia. My children were very small and from the city. There were close run ins with outside critters including Copper Heads and Black snakes. We found out later after living in this house six months that there were Black Snakes living under the house. Also there were birds nest in the gutter system so the snakes would climb to the roof to eat the bird eggs. We found the Black snakes sunning on our porch. Once I was waiting for the kids to get off the bus and there had been one above my head hanging in the iron overhang.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Good gosh! Mary, that scares the crap out of me. I live in Clearwater, and so far, I think I've only encounterd the black snake that eats rats. Just as I was reading your hub, a line from my computer slid across my foot, and I jumped up real quick. Maybe you better buy a clarinet and take up snake charming...


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, hecate-horus. Not too many people ever heard of ramming a snake bitten hand into a chicken, but it helped! I wish I could have seen the patient's expression that saw me! Thanks for reading and commenting. Thanks for the vote, too. Regards,


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

I made a comment before, but forgot to add this... a good way to identify the poisionous king snake which has a red snout and similar colors. Memorize this...

If red touches yellow, kill the fellow.

If red touches black, friend of Jack.

Or

Red on black, venom lack.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello, SunnieDay, thanks for reading my Hub on venomous snakes in Florida. Sometimes I think I must have nine lives because I've had some pretty close calls! I'm not so sure I would be that brave now, though. Thanks so much for sharing this, and for the votes! You are TOO kind,and I love you for it!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi anndavis25, I knew there was a rhyme about the coral, but I couldn't remember it to save my life! Thanks for that info. I was just sure about the black nose! I'm sure you have nasty snakes in Clearwater if you live out in the country where they are found. I'm scared of them too, but rather than let a bad one get away and maybe bite someone, I would still try to shoot it (I think)Thanks for reading and commenting. See you again soon, I hope.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi calico Stark, so nice to see you today. I have a black snake that lives in my yard. I leave him alone, but I tell you, if I come up on him unexpectedly, I scream! I like them because they do eat rats. I'll bet you have some really venomous snakes where you live. I have never seen a Copperhead, and I don't want to, either! Regards....


icountthetimes 4 years ago

Spiders in the bathtub are enough to give me the heebie jeebies. Encounters like these would make me jump out of my skin :).


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

My Daddy always said a Cotton Mouth would come looking for you if he heard you. I've had a couple run ins with snakes but nothing serious. It took me awhile to be able to let my kids play with the snakes here. None are vnomous.

Really enjoyed your hub.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Your Daddy was right, I think, moonlake. Cotton Mouths are very aggressive. That one came after me. I was sitting there minding my own business! You're lucky you don't have venomous snakes where you live. I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub. See you again soon....


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Brett Winn 4 years ago from US

First off, they talked about me and snakes in the Bible where it talks about "enmity" between the snake and the woman! I hate snakes.

Secondly, I am jaw dropping amazed, impressed and astounded that you KNEW what all of these snakes were!!!!

Thirdly, would you please, PLEASE remind me never to move to South Florida!

I loved it! Voted up!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Brett Winn, thanks for reading and commenting on my venomous snakes in South Florida. Thanks for the nice compliment on my knowledge of snakes. I grew up with most of these snakes so I guess that's how I know about them. Where I live now, we have most of them, too. Unless you live out in the country here in Floria, you will probably never encounter them, so it's safe to live here, really! Goodnight.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

We only have the Michigan Rattler here and they are a shy snake, but poisonous. I am terrified of snakes. To me they have evil looking eyes. For some reason when I saw the Michigan rattler in our yard, I wasn't afraid of him at all and I see a garter snake and am terrified.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Barbara Kay, I never heard of the Michigan Rattler. Most snakes are shy, they would rather run if they have a chance. Thanks for reading and commenting. Goodnight.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

So your sweet, kind exterior, Mary, hides an avid snake hunter inside. Whoa! Who knew? Loved your descriptions of your venomous encounters. You described them all so well that I actually had a picture of you in my mind coming into that doctor's office as a child with your hand covered by the rear end of a chicken. What a sight? I wouldn't have known whether to laugh or to cry.

Thanks for this funny, amazing hub. Voted up, of course.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Oh yeah, drbj, this old Granny could kill those bad snakes. Don't know if I could still perform these feats now, though. I don't want to find out either! I have to say I haven't seen a bad snake in quite a while. I have the big black snake who wanders in and out of my yard. He's a good snake, though. Thanks for reading and commenting on my encounters with venomous snakes, and thanks for the votes, too. Now, my problem is how am I going to top this one for another Hub????? Bye for now...


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shawn34668 4 years ago from Europe,Slovakia

Very nice Hub.

I had several of these encounters too.I lived in Tampa Bay Florida for 14 years.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Mary

You are one brave lady.

Here in Ontario, we only have one poisonous snake and that is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.

Voted up and away!

Enjoy your day. :-)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Mary615, I live in south florida and have seen a few snakes but I don't believe (Thank God!) a venomous one as if yet. I have seen them sunning themselves on the street but not really active. We sometimes get some small black snakes around our backyard pool. I scream and my hubby pulls them out with a net. I will certainly keep this in mind and look for one of the kits in the You Tube video. Thanks for the information, it's lifesaving. Great Hub and voted up!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi shawn34668, thanks for reading my Hub on venomous snakes. Did you live out in the country in Tampa? I can't imagine snakes in Tampa! That is such a large town. See you again soon, I hope.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello, sueswan, I would not want to encounter that bad snake you have! I am in beautiful Puerto Rico and missing my Baby (for those who don't know Baby, she my spoiled Schnauzer) Thanks for reading and commenting. Love....


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, teaches 12345! Nice to see you today. We have the black snakes, but I like them because they are good snakes and keep the rodent population down. They startle me when I almost step on one in the yard. I don't think these bad snakes are a problem to us in S. Fl. unless you live out in the country. Glad you stopped by!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hello Mary

Can you please send some of the warm Puerto Rico weather this way?

I am sure Baby must be missing you too. Is she staying with another family member?

Take care :-)

Love Sue


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

WOA!!!!!!!!!!

That cottonmouth story was INTENSE! You scored yourself an HP follower on that alone!

I've not known of too many who've been bitten by those things, but I don't doubt you at all. They're sometimes aggressive, and I can well see one biting someone stretched out on the ground like that, as it puts a body more in the snake's perspective, and such.

Plus, being a small girl - easy to see how it could have well been the end of you. Glad it wasn't, and three cheers to your wise old Dad and his folk remedy reading!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wow! you're far more braver them me. I now know Florida is not for me. I could only read about half.

Voted up, awesome and interesting


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Mary, you are one brave lady. I will not run from a fist fight or a gun but snakes scare me to death! Being from the country myself, thank God for the dogs I have always had that took care of them for me. I love that you include directions for how to deal with a bite. My niece was bitten by a rattler a few years ago and we thought we might lose her. She was very young at the time. I'm bookmarking this in case I ever need to see that video again! Thank you.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Wow Mary, I don't know which amazing story I enjoyed the most, your daddy's quick reactions when you were bitten as a child was incredible.

In one of your hubs you wrote about attacking an alligator with a broom, I thought then you were were one courageous lady! I didn't know you had gone through all this stuff!!

Thank you for sharing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and voting up, best wishes Lesley


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Hi Mary,

Reading your hubs sent me the shivers and yet was proud that you and your family could tackle this very important issue related to life and death!

The thought of the dead chicken on your hand was very disturbing but, i guess gotta do what we have to.

your girl is so brave and you fought that issue without a thought.

You sure have become an expert on dealing with these venomous snakes. I never knew all about the above. Thank you for sharing the above and wishing you a snake-FREE year!!

voted up as interesting very very interesting!!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi again, Sueswan. I'm sending you this beautiful weather: watch for it! It's down in the 40's at home, and I'm so happy to be in Puerto Rico. One of my Granddaughters is staying at my house and taking care of Baby. She tells me Baby is a little depressed cause she misses me! I miss her a little bit, too.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello, Wesman Todd Shaw! Thanks for reading and for the meaningful comment on my Hub about venemous snakes. I think I have 9 lives, and used one of them when I was bitten by the Water Moccasin. It was an experience I will never forget! Everyone was amazed that I lived. Thanks again! See you again soon, I hope. I do hope you will follow me. Regards


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi writer20, please don't ever be afraid of Florida. These snakes are seldom seen unless you are in the woods or live in the country. I haven't see a bad snake in about 5 years. Even though you couldn't finish reading my Hub, I appreciate the votes. Regards....


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi poetvix, thanks for reading and commentin on my Hub about venomous snakes. I'm not sure I would be so brave now, but I was back then. Wow, your neice was lucky to have survived a rattle snake bite. So glad she did. That video explains how suction works to extract the venom, and that's exactly what my Daddy did. He was so wise! See you again soon, regards....


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Lesley, My Daddy was a smart old country man. He did exactly what modern medicine says to do (not the chicken, but the suction) Just like the video explains. I think growing up in the country made me braver than some people. You have to be brave to survive! Some of my bravery was just ignorance: like hitting an aligator with a broom like in my other Hub. My next Hub is going to be more humorous, I promise. Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that. Love to you....


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, there, Ruchira. I'll always remember going to the Dr's office with the chicken on my hand. Good thing my Daddy knew about the heat helping to draw out the venom. I don't want to see any venomous snakes. I'm happy just to see the Black Snake that likes my yard. He's a good snake. Thanks so much for the vote: I appreciate that. Regards to you!


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

Wow, Wow, Wow, is all I could say while reading this. I HATE snakes with a passion, but they must love me. I seem to find one every time I am fishing or camping. I am deathly afraid of snakes. I was lucky enough to have my hubby with me both times I seen a rattlesnake. I have stepped on a bull snake. (Those resemble the rattlesnake, so at the time I freaked thinking it was a rattler.) My mother could tell you a whopper of a story about my brother, his rattlesnake and her. Thanks for sharing these terrifying stories and informative video. I am passing this hub on to my friends and family.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, tipoaque, Thanks so much for reading , and thanks for sharing with your friends and family. Bet your Mother will like to read it. If it's a good story, why don't you share it with us with a Hub? I'm not familiar with a bull snake; I'll have to look that one up. We taught out children to always wear their cowboy boots when out walking or riding their horse. Maybe you need to wear boots! A Pigmy bit one of my children through their boot once. She nearly died from fright, not the snake. Have a wonderful day!


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Ok I hate snakes. My siblings can tell you I learned the snake dance early in life. I have never been brave enough to kill the little suckers though. My daughter has been after me to write a hub about my snake experiences, only because my kids think my reaction to seeing one is funny. Your story was great and I think I was there with you on these encounters but glad I really was not there.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, mjdgulley354, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about venomous snakes in South Florida. Sounds like you have some good material to write a Hub! I don't like snakes, either. Some of them are real killers, but I do like the Black Snake....they are good. See you again soon....


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I laughed through the first part but only because you are here so I know you didn't die. I just dreamed I was bitten one time and screamed bloody murder until my dad threatened to spank me to shut me up! I felt the pain! lol I did have a copperhead's mouth right up at my foot one time and boy did I defy gravity!

People can say protect snakes all they want but I say the only good snake is a dead one!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jackie Lymmley, you are so lucky that Copperhead didn't bite you! I'm not fond of snakes either. I was braver when I was younger. I would still shoot one if I thought it was endangering anyone. Thanks for reading and commenting. See you again soon....


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub mary; a sure up up and away here.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Eddy, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about venoous snakes in South Florida. Wonder what kind of snakes you have in Wales? Hope not too many bad ones. Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that! Have a wonderful day yourself!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

You've had the snake experiences in Florida alright mary. lots of misconceptions about them go around: the rattlers, moccasin, and copperhead all have basically a muscle venom. Its not as deadly as the coral snakes nerve venom, but the rattlers and moccasins generally deliver strong bites whereas the copperhead is one where if you had to be bitten, they would be the one. You might enjoy the part called 'fishing for cottonmouths' in A Life on a Southern Farm in Georgia part two.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Alastar Packer, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub on venomus snakes I've encountered. I read your Hub you mentioned and really enjoyed it. You might like mine I did on Wildlife in Florida. I've never seen a copperhead snake, seen plenty of the other kinds, though. I want to go back and read more of your Hubs, cause I know I'll feel right at home. Goodnight.


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Shaddie 4 years ago from Washington state

Your dad was a genius. A lot of people don't realize that heat can neutralize venom in its early stages.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Shaddie, Yes, my Daddy was just an uneducated country man, but he was an avid reader. Thank goodness he read about snake bites! I remember reading on your profile that you have an interest in reptile. Must read about your reptiles. Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my encounters with venomus snakes. Regards


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kellymom1970 4 years ago

Mary, Great story! I am so glad I have never had an encounter with a snake. Thanks Kelly


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Kelly, I'll bet if you did encounter a snake, you'd give him a haircut, right? Oh, that's right;snakes don't have hair! Thanks for reading and commenting. Good to see you today.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

I am impressed that you know so much about snakes. We have poisonous ones here in Texas also. I have seen some garden snakes in our yards and always give a little shriek upon spotting them and I back up fast. Not taking any chances!

At my mother's former home there were some copperheads. She had a worker that discovered one of them and killed it. She had it identified at the vet's office and when we KNEW it was poisonous, we literally bombed her yard with moth balls. Purchased and spread countless boxes of them in the garden areas and all around her home. Supposedly the smell makes snakes want to go elsewhere. This happened several times.

You are one brave lady and obviously a good shot with a gun also. Thanks for telling us about these snakes. Up votes + sharing.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy W Oh, my, I've never seen a Copperhead snake! They are truly deadly from what I've read. Here is S. Fl. we have Diamondbacks and they are deadly. I have seen the Pigmy as I said in my Hub.

There is a long black snake who lives in my yard. I welcome them because they eat rats. He just startle me when I walk up on him laying in the sun~

Thanks for the vote and the share, Peggy


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Hi Mary, I have a picture of a snake that was in my shed and I don't know how to send you a picture of it. I took a picture of it, maybe you could tell me what kind of snake it is. Yes I have seen lots of poisonous snakes, and lots that are not, but the ones that are not are deadly, because if one bite me, I would die of a heat attack.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Shyron, Did you kill the snake that was in your shed??? You could email me the photo of the snake. I'd be glad to look at it. I'm not an expert on snakes by any means but I'd like to see it. Just attach the photo to my email address: malahob@yahoo.com Tell me where you live; that would be a clue.

Thanks for reading my Hub about venomous snakes. Mary


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Yes we killed it, I would feel bad is it were a benefical snake. I will e-mail you the picture.

Thanks


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Shyron, Great!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

I have this fear of snakes.. even if i saw it from a distance, small or big, i tremble and sometimes I think i would faint. thanks for sharing your experience. Very impressive write about snakes.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, unknown spy. Good to see you! Thanks for reading about venomous snakes in S. Florida. I don't like snakes either. They can kill or make you pretty sick!

Thanks for the compliment on my Hub.

Mary


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

You have a very entertaining story to tell. It goes well with those that fear snakes.

I have worked with venomous reptiles for over three decades. There are a couple of things I'd like to address here.

Most likely, the bite you received from the cottonmouth was a "dry bite", or a bite with little to no venom. Venomous snakes will occasionally do this to let you know they're there, and then, if you don't move, they'll give you one laced with a heavy dose of venom. They do this because they want to save their venom for killing and digesting of food items, (mice, etc.). Chances are the snake was sunning itself to warm its body and you stuck your hand, unintentionally, right next to it. Fearing you'd hurt it by "squishing" it under your body weight, it let you know it was there. Chickens have been dealt a sad fate for years, in your case too, by the myth that they would draw out the venom. It's an old wives tale. In addition, the old method of cutting an X over a bite and sucking out the venom is also a myth. Once the venom enters the system, it immediately enters the blood stream. It's shooting through your body faster than anyone can cut and suck. The venom from pit vipers (rattlers, cottonmouths, copperheads) is basically a hemotoxic blend of enzymes. It creates a "non clotting" state of the blood. The coral snake has a neurotoxic mix, similar that to the other members of the elapid family (fixed fang) it belongs. No snake will "chew", as they are unable to do that. The coral will hold on for a longer period of time to inject a greater amount of venom, though. As with the case of the dog and coral snake, it's my guess that the dog delivered a fatal bite to the snake, rupturing its internal bodily parts. When you locked the lid on the jar, the snake, in agony of its injuries, bit itself where it was enduring most pain, as we tend to do when enduring pain. Since it is immune to its own venom, death would have had to occur by other means.

The two stories of the pygmys are easily explainable. Snakes will seek out various temperatures to regulate their body temperatures. Seeking possibly to cool itself, the first pygmy entered your house through and open door and crawled to the coolest spot. In the garden, you surprised a snake, possibly shading itself from the sun to cool down, and it went into defensive mode. Remember, the villagers threw spears at King Kong to keep him from stepping on them. To a snake, we're similar in size to King Kong. Striking is a snake's only defense.

Many are raised with a fear of snakes. I can't tell you how many times I've heard "The only good snake is a dead snake." Yet, many areas are finding themselves infested with disease carrying rodents because of the fears that have been installed in us throughout the years. You, are no different.

If a snake were endangering a child, and my only way of preventing a bite was to kill, then there is no option. However, most communities have individuals that will relocate these animals for little or nothing. God put all animals on this Earth for a purpose. It is amazing that mankind thinks it knows better than God in which ones belong.

Please, don't take this as knocking your actions or beliefs. You were simply raised as most. Hopefully, this info may help you in your next encounter.

Up and interesting.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, rcrumple, thanks so much for adding your comment on my Hub about venomous snakes. You have added a lot to this discussion. You certainly seem to be very knowledgeable on this subject. I agree that God put everything on this earth for a reason. I have a black snake who lives in my yard, and I like having him around. I think you should write a Hub using your comment and we could link the two together! I'm off right now to read some of your

work.

Thanks again, Mary


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I had a dog which saved my lived once when it barked to alert me of the snake! beautiful, yet dangerous creatures!Thanks for the share, and I share too.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi Mary,

This is a great account of the venomous snakes in South Florida. Your experience was terrifying, thanks to your dad's timely attention your life was saved. Thank you Mary for this great information.

Sharing it across the hub community. Cheers, Rema.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, midget38. That was so great that your dog saved you from being bitten by a snake! Yes, snakes are beautiful creatures, but I don't want to encounter anymore venomous snakes.

Thanks so much for reading and for the share. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Rema. Yes,I had a close call when I was bitten by the Water Moccasin.

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the share, Mary


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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

thanks for sharing your snake experience. Very impressive writing about snakes!

the only type of venomous snake I've encountered myself is "viper" - relatively small though and not so offensive to humans (as far as I know)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Mike. Thanks for reading my Hub about venomous snakes in south Florida and for taking the time to comment. Oh, my, I've heard of a "viper snake", and from what I read, it is very poisonous. I'll have to look that up.....

Goodnight, Mary


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His princesz 4 years ago

Your dad is a hero and very smart. Whew, snakes are dreadful. I am glad to survive them all Mary. I enjoyed all your stories. Voted up! :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, His princesz. Nice to see you today! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my Hub about venomous snakes. I have a big black snake who lives in my yard. They are good snakes, only eating things like rats, but he startles me when I almost step on him sometimes!

Thanks for the vote, I appreciate that, Mary


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Tusitala Tom 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Hi, Mary,

I've never been greatly peturbed about snakes for some reason or another although I've had encounters with them. Australia has a heap of venomous snakes, some the deadliest in the world. We also have pretty big pythons.

I've lived in outback Australia and in Papua-New Guinea and have seen a number of snakes. As an aeradio operator at Dubbo Airport in outback NSW in the long droughts we'd see a brown snake or two every day or so. We even used to keep a stick near the aeradio door to poke them away as we went in or came outside in the heat of summer.

Strangest incident was when one got into a control console drawer.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Tuisitala Tom. We are overrun right now with pythons in the Everglades. People have released them and now they have bred and multiplying. They just had a python hunt, and a lot of people joined in to catch them.

Yeah, I'll bet Australia does have some bad snakes! Because of land development, we don't see them the way we used to.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Snakes are common in my farmhouse. Once when a snake was spotted in our house, every body wanted to kill it, but father and I opposed. The did not heed us, they threw kerosene over the snake. Fortunately it ran away.I hate people when they kill snake.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Vinaya Ghimire. Those of us who live in Florida have learned to live with snakes, too. We only kill the venomous snakes, though. People lose pets when the dog sticks his nose down to investigate a snake, gets bitten and dies. I have a large harmless black snake who lives in my yard. I like him cause he eats rats!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

Just noticed this hub, Mary. Wow! Some encounter with the cottonmouth. I'm surprised I've never been bitten as many rattlesnakes as I've dispatched over the years around the farm.

I believe the "hen" cure, or something similar such as a rabbit, deer, or some other animal was mentioned in one of Rawling's works. Perhaps in "The Yearling" or "South Moon Under," two of my favorite books about North Florida.

Enjoyed reading about the snakes you've made acquaintances with!

--RG


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Randy Godwin. Nice to see you! Being from S. Georgia, I'm sure you have encountered many venomous snakes! You might be right about the mention of putting a hen on a snake bite in those books. My Dad read a lot of herb and medicinal books (but never novels);he may have learned that trick in his old books. He used to make us spring tonics, etc. using herbs he found in the woods.

I'm glad you enjoyed reading about my experiences with snakes. There was a thief on Blogger who stole this Hub (along with 3 others) and copied it including the photos, so he must have liked it too. It took 3 days of working at it, but we got him taken down!

Thanks for the visit, hope to see you again soon. Mary


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

Glad you got the plagiarist taken down that stole this hub. I have quite a few out there that are stolen and I have yet to figure a way to get them removed. Drat!

Sharing this hub again to give it some life. I see your last comment was 2 years ago. Glad I have not spotted any venomous snakes in our yard.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

We have many kinds of snakes on this mountian. We have rattlesnakes and we have had lots of them come into our yard last year when we had a mulch pile. It was almost doen to the ground when my husband was spreading the mulch and notice three of the twigs he thought were just ttwigs were rattle snakes. He cut off their heads and threw them down the ravine. I almost steppen on one when I was walking off my ramp on my deck. I am glad that I saw it before it saw me. We also have other snakes that my cats are amuzed by. In the fall we had a rather long garter snake run across our yard and was hiding between our tomato planters. I did not see what my cat was so mesmerized by and I saw a garter snake hiding between my tomato plant containers. I almost stepped on it when it slithered across the yard and into the woods. I have never seen one that long before and I have lived here for 15 years. I am wondering if the other snakes around are getting bigger too.

I do not like snakes and I also give them a wide area between me and them. Oh I also almost walked right into a black snake a few years ago when I was walking through the woods. It looked just like a branch until I saw the head.


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ologsinquito 22 months ago from USA

Your Dad was a very wise man and no doubt his quick thinking saved your life. What an amazing story.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy W. I love to go back and read the comments on an old Hub like this one, don't you?? This one gets a lot of traffic from Google and Bing, and that's why it got stolen, I guess. I know now how to properly file a DMCA to have stolen Hubs taken down!

Thanks for rereading my Hub on Venomous snakes in South Florida and sharing it again, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Lady Guinevere Yes, I would imagine you folks get some bad snakes where you live!! I used to see many dogs and cats bitten by snakes when I worked with Doc in the Vet. practice. Usually, they get bitten on their noses! I have a large black snake who lives in my yard. I have almost stepped on him several times! Be careful where you step! Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, ologsinquito Yes, my Dad was a wise ole country man who knew what to do for snake bites, thank goodness.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Eww this snakes are horrible, luckily your dad is quick


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, peachpurple I am not fond of snakes, either! I guess they deserve to live, too; but not around me!


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ladyguitarpicker 17 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

I am not fond of snakes at all. I just leave them alone. I never heard of the chicken thing but what ever works. We have much of the same snakes in North Fl. I have killed some. A great informative hub, voted up and sharing.


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mary615 17 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, ladyguitarpicker I am not fond of snakes, either, but if it is a poisonous one, I will take action! I have a huge Black Snake who lives in my back yard. I like them cause they eat rats.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, the votes and for sharing. Mary


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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida

Scary stuff, those snakes.

My first encounter with a rattler was years ago when my friend and my daughter and I were on a nature walk in the lower forty.

The snake blended in so well with the surrounding area it was almost impossible to see ..... we did hear it however. And stopped dead in our tracks and moved back slowly....that does not sound very exciting or anything but my heart still races a bit when I think of that day.

You clearly are very brave!!!

Hoping you and Baby are doing well...how blessed you are to have each other.

Many Angels are on the way to both of you.. ps


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

pstraubie48 We always taught out chldren at an early age to always be on guard for snakes as they rode their horses. The horse will just stop and freeze!

I have a black snake who lives in my back yard. He scares me if I walk up on him but I like to have him near to eat rats, etc.

Baby and I are taking each day one at a time. Thanks for thinking about us!

Thanks for the Angels......Mary


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Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago

Mary, I have seen several snakes in the 19 years we have lived in Texas, and I saw lots of snakes in Alabama, Trixie use to hunt them after she was bit by one.

Noah should not have brought the snakes along.....Shyron


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Shyron E Shenko Oh, dear... I think Texas has lots of venomous snakes! I worked with Doc Hyatt in our Veterinary practice and we saw so many dogs bitten by snakes; usually on their noses!!

Now that you mention it, I wonder why Noah did bring along snakes....maybe to keep the rat population down on the Ark. LOL.

Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing my Hub, Mary


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Mary!!! Good God Almighty, girl! I can't even describe my incredibly morbid fear of snakes....and I've never had a close encounter. I never want to...don't know if I'd LIVE through it. Just the pictures and your stories have my heart racing a mile a minute!

We have some poisonous snakes around this neck of the woods....but I don't know what kind or where they hang out....and I'm not looking into it either!!.......I saw ONE (allegedly harmless little snake) about 2 feet from me ONE time......and I ran and screamed such blood curdling cries.....everyone thought I was being chased by a MONSTER with an axe!!!......I ran and screamed for at least a half mile! No kidding.

Thank HEAVEN your Dad was close by and acted quickly!! I WILL have nightmares tonight!!......UP+++......Eeeeeeeeeek!!!!! Paula


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York

Wow! What experiences you've had. We have copperheads here, but fortunately I've never seen one.

It is admirable how cool headed you were in your encounters. This was so well written too. Great job Mary.

Voted up, useful, and helpfully interesting.


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, fpherj48 (Paula) Your comment made me chuckle!! I am not fond of snakes either...except for the Black Snake who hangs out in my back yard.

Oh, I do hope my Hub didn't cause you to have nightmares!!

Thanks for being brave enough to read it, and the votes, too. Mary


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, there, tillsontitan I no longer live in the country, so I don't see snakes like I used to when I lived in the country. Yes, looking back, I guess I was pretty brave. I'm not so sure I'd be that brave now, though!!

Thanks for the compliment on my Hub, and for the votes, Goodnight, Mary


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Siva222 16 months ago from Chennai

Wonderfully written. I loved it.


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Siva222 I just read your Hub about the snake who entered a house and was killed. I would never kill a snake unless it was venomous, and I know you would not either. They deserve to live just like we do. I have a Black Snake who lives in my back yard. He startles me but I like having him around cause he will eat rats!

So nice to meet you here today, thanks for reading about the venomous snakes we have here in S. Florida, Mary


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

"except for the black snake who hangs out in my back yard.".....!!??

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!!!


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, fpherj48 Oh, he's a nice snake; wouldn't hurt anyone. They just keep the rodents away! He loves to scare me when I run up on him basking in the sun! They are so fast, and I'm always afraid he'll run up my pants leg!!

Have a great day and stay away from snakes!!


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the rawspirit 16 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

Best snake stories I read in quite a while. I have had my fair share of encounters with rattlesnakes cottonmouths and copperheads. I live out on Hutchinson Island now and the only snakes we see are black snakes and ringnecks. Fast but fangless. Blessings, I am voting you up and following.


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, the rawspirit How nice to meet another Floridian! I no longer live in the country, so I don't see so many snakes any more except for the black snake who lives in my back yard. I leave him alone cause they eat rodents. He does startle me sometimes, though.

Thanks for reading and the votes, Mary


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alexadry 16 months ago from USA

This was very interesting to read. We have rattlesnakes in Arizona, but luckily they don't stick around our yard much as long as it's trimmed, but I occasionally stumble on some dead ones who were ran over by cars on the country roads. My husband says there's one type that won't rattle to alert you, scary critters! voted up and interesting!


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mary615 16 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, alexadry Yes, snakes are very scary, and some are deadly! I hope I never encounter another one in my lifetime. I do have a harmless Black snake who lives in my yard, but he can stay....

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes. Glad you found my Hub interesting, Mary

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