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  1. hps1

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    Not Sure Where to Post, but be careful out there, snakes are beginning to move.



    A Texas homeowner saw a 'few' rattlesnakes and called for help.

    The removal company found 45 of them

    Joel Shannon, USA TODAY Published 1:16 a.m. ET March 20, 2019 | Updated 8:30 a.m. ET March 20, 2019

    Texas homeowners thought there were a few snakes under their home, but a snake removal company soon recorded video of their hours-long work to remove 45 rattlesnakes from under the house.

    The video was shot near Abilene, Texas, on March 13, Nathan Hawkins — owner of Big Country Snake Removal — told USA TODAY in a series of Facebook messages on Tuesday.

    The company posted the nearly 18-minute long video to Facebook on Sunday, and it has been viewed more than 300,000 times there. It shows Hawkins and a partner working to remove snake after snake from a cramped space under the home.

    The company's Facebook post says the owner discovered a "few" snakes while attempting to fix a TV or cable issue under the home. When Big Country Snake Removal arrived, they found a well-kept yard and a neat house.

    The company warned that many homeowners "don’t think it can happen to them." But "rattlesnakes don’t care how nice your house is or what kind car you drive- they care simply about survival."

    The video shows Hawkins using an extended tool to pick up the snakes. As he does, the reptiles react — sometimes using their rattles, sometimes slithering away, sometimes showing their fangs.

    Video shot by Big Country Snake Removal's Nathan Hawkins on March 13 near Abilene, Texas shows the company removing dozens of snakes from beneath a home.

    While the video has gained media attention, Hawkins said in a written message that the company regularly deals with similar situations: "This is nothing. We do this all the time."

    The largest snake removed from the premises was 5 1/2 feet long, according to Hawkins.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati...use/3220089002/

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  2. Mn Fats

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    Gasoline. Wait...
     
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  3. Ole Joe Clark

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    I wonder if the homeowner got a quantity discount?

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  4. Double Naught Spy

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    I bet they didn't have a rodent problem.
     
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  5. Mn Fats

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    Stupid question from a Yankee, but are they worth eating?
     
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  6. Choctaw

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    Those snakes were removed in my home county. Earlier today I watched a video of a 50 foot long anaconda swimming across a river. Rattlers don't bother me much.
     
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  7. Choctaw

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    They are okay, but not something I would line up at a buffet for.
     
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  8. hps1

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    If you like froglegs you'd like fried rattlesnake.

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  9. Patocazador

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    I love frog legs but the only rattler I ever ate was tough and stringy, full of small bones and had a bad taste. You can have my share of rattlers in the future.
     
  10. Mn Fats

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    Again, northerner here :D never ate a frog's leg. Lutefisk, Lefse and pickled herring (pike in my case) but never snake or frog. I guess they just don't grow them big enough up here.
     
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  11. rodwha

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    Tastes like dry chicken. Made BBQ tacos and stir fry with them mostly.
     
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  12. hps1

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    Understand. We all know everything's bigger in Texas. ;):rofl:

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    This one was not quite dead enough to suit me ^
    35533086372_91ca540ca2.jpg <There are only two snakes in our area big enough to make this track; either blacksnake or rattler. I tracked this one to an old brush pile and lost interest quickly. I wear a EEE boot and the track was wider than my boot.

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  13. ohihunter2014

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    Where?
     
  14. ohihunter2014

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    You couldn’t pay me $1million to crawl under that house!!!
     
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  15. CoalTrain49

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    If you can eat a pickled bait fish you can eat a snake. Herring is a bait fish here. Scandahovians eat them and smelt also......for breakfast. I'll take mine smoked....for lunch.:D

    These ain't half bad.
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  16. WestKentucky

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    Remind me not to come visit. I am not even remotely embarrassed to admit that rattlers freak me out. There are big rattlers around here in TN, but they are fewer and further between than in mesquite country. What’s your dispatching tool?
     
  17. hps1

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    I'm not too fond of rattlers either, especially when trackin' a critter in waist high grass.
    If in the jeep, I carry a youth 20 ga NE in saddle scabbard over my left shoulder. I carry a mod. 60 S&W w/first two chambers loaded w/handloaded 7 1/2 shot capsules which pattern well @ snake ranges for walking around.

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    Need to back off a bit for pattern to open w/the snake Dr., though.
    Wild hog population has been up the past two or three years so rattlers are not nearly as plentiful.

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  18. WestKentucky

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    That’ll certainly do. I was given a “ducktown double disaster” by a friends father for snake control. We were doing a lot of woodduck hunting and the area was absolutely covered up with cottonmouths. He reloaded .410s and among his favorite projectiles was crushed beer bottles. He said that they would splinter and be nearly harmless if it hit the aluminum boat, but would stay together for snake charming. I never shot those reloads but I carried and used a lot of lead 410s, and I eventually gave the gun away to another hunter who had a copperhead problem. Your options are much more appropriate, although a 45/410 3inch barrel does make a mess of a snake at 6 ft. I can’t recommend taking the shot when a cottonmouth is chewing on your buddies snake boots, pattern spread too quickly, and a 38 would have been a far better choice for an aimed shot.
     
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  19. Choctaw

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    Woodson, in Throckmorton County. It’s not that big a deal but it must have been a slow news day. lol
     
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  20. ohihunter2014

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    So there was an anaconda in TX?
     
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    Frog legs are tasty fried.
    Never had rattlesnake, but I'd try it.
    Gator is pretty good. You prolly don't have access to that up North either.
     
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  23. Choctaw

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    Nope, or I would move. The anaconda was in South America. That’s a real snake.
     
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  24. George P

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    And those snakes, along with the Burmese Pythons, are devastating the Everglades. Even the gators lose to these snakes.
     
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    I remember eating rattle snake on a camping trip years ago. Tasted like stringy chicken, not great, but not bad.
     
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