I wouldn't post any kind of pictures of killing snakes, Earnest. But I really don't know how to keep these reptiles from becoming even more numerous. We have to really be on guard all of the time when outdoors working on the farm.
They are everywhere! I recently removed one from my mom's back steps. Luckily she saw this one before stepping on it.
Sorry about the quality of the video. I will probably clean it up some and add to it as we catch more in the next few days. I get lots of comments on my snake articles from those who disagree with killing these snakes.
These canebrake rattlesnakes, a subspecies of the Timber rattler and some say a completely different type, have infested this area in the last decade or so. The indigenous Eastern Diamondback has rarely been seen locally in over 15 years. Sometimes we encounter a half dozen or more in a day. Anybody want a canebrake?
oooohhh! That was freaky...oh man. We have lots of poisonous snakes around here. But I dang sure won't kill one....too chicken! I guess if it got in the house I'd hafta do it but, hot dang, they creep me out!
Last fall a 90+lbs 9 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake was killed near a chicken farm a little further north of here. i suppose he was well fed because of the many rats feeding on the chicken feed. He probably ate a few chicks too!
Thanks for posting this Holle. Randy, my birthplace used to be over run with timber rattlers. Now they are not so plentyful and the Turkey population exploded. Good for the hunters, bad for the snake, good for the rodents, bad for us. I saw my mom kill many with her trusty hoe along with the copperheads. She confessed many years later of her fear of them but she needed to protect her babies so kept that hoe handy all summer.
I've always loved snakes. When I was living with my grandmother, I used to catch garter snakes and put 'em in my jean pockets. If I heard a scream from the basement I knew that she'd found a snake in my pocket b4 she'd thrown my pants in the washer..:-) Later I'd go to E Oregon to catch western diamonback rattlers. I'd hunt 'em, catch 'em and turn 'em loose. The first time my son saw me catch a rattlesnake, he thought I was crazy. I let him touch it, pet it and told him to always let them go. He later caught a small bull snake and kept it until it got to be about 7 ft long and was eating pretty large rats he raised. Eventually, we donated "George," his snake, to the Miami, zoo.
Just killed what we think is a Mojave green, but I'm not sure about the head shape...my understanding is that more triangular is venemous whereas less so may be non-venemous. No rattle, but very VERY heavy green...