Discussion in 'Hunting' started by FL-NC, Jun 19, 2017.
I have seen them with markings like a rattler, dark like a cotton mouth, and even colored like a copperhead.
Lots of snakes have a "lance shaped" head, not just poisonous varieties.
Only 4 snakes in the lower 48 are poisonous: Rattlesnakes, Copperheads, cottonmouths, and coral snakes.
The biggest physical descriptor is hard to check:
All 4 poisonous US snakes have a single set of underside scales below the butt opening, all non poisonous US snakes have a segmented scales below the butt hole.
(*The censors here are frustrating)
Not easy to check on a live snake.
Well, the defense mechanism worked on me. Unfortunately, it got the snake dead.
I had sat on a ground rattler a year before while hunting. Luckily, it was under a palmetto fan. It didn't survive.
alone, when I'm sure they are safe.. They displace the habitat of dangerous snakes, keeping them further away.
But I don't take any chances, when I'm not sure.
So, next time check it's butt first!
When I see what might be a poisonous snake it can check mine as I mosey away with extreme prejuduce ...
I know, I know.
At least its accurate.
Remimds me of a duck hunting joke:
Game warden comes across a duck hunter with his birds and stops to check him out.
Game warden grabs a duck sniffs its butt and says " Thats a southern Mallard, son..you have a southern mallard hunting lisc?"
"Yessir, here it is." replied the hunter.
This repeats for 5 more ducks, for which the hunter produces a license for each type.
The Game warden, clearly impressed says "You aren't from around here, are you?"
"No sir", says the hunter.
"Where are you from?" ask the Warden.
The hunter turns and drops his trousers and says "You're the expert, you tell me".
I killed the biggest copperhead I've ever seen a couple weeks ago. I let them go on their way if I know they're non-poisonous but venomous snakes do not get a pass. This makes the snake-huggers squirm, many of whom have never been bitten but love to cite how few people die from snake bites. Our neighbor got hit on his hand by a small copperhead while pulling weeds in the garden. The doctors said that because he did not put a tourniquet on his arm, it probably saved his hand but the venom in his bloodstream caused liver and kidney damage. He was out of work for months and took a long time to recover. Yeah, no thanks. Just because people don't die very often doesn't make it a walk in the park.
I totally agree with this. In Texas we generally have four snakes that are poisonous and they are easily identified. I do not give venomous snakes a pass at any time.
BUT, to the untrained eye they can often look like a cottonmouth and I was sure to put on gloves before I went in to grab him. I offered to let the two men touch him, but they declined.
out and about right now.
OP, better safe than sorry.
They do closely mimic certain other venomous snakes.
And generally...they put on quite a show in order to make themselves appear dangerous.
Isn't the Southern Hognose snake a protected species in North Carolina?
The 'Southern' I believe is listed as 'Special Concern'.
Also, the Eastern Hognose is present in parts of NC.
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