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A little OT, but a Rattlesnake is around the house

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Posted by I can't do that Dave on September 24, 2011, 10:04 pm
 
Hi All,

The last couple of days the dog has been barking and sniffing around
various rock piles around the house (20 miles out of town by the way)
I didn't take much notice as we get a lot of Gopher snakes and they
are good at controlling the rats and mice so we live and let live.
Pretty much the same for the rattlesnakes as long as they don't come
too close the house.

Well, I am guessing it is a Rattlesnake the dog was sniffing around
for as it got bitten today. A 300-dollar vet bill and he should be OK,
although he is pretty down at the moment.

I keep going out for a walk around but have seen nothing, but the
worrying part is that there are rock walls around the house footings.
We could easily step out of the front or back door on to a big old
nasty, so here's the questions.

When is it best to look for them?

Will they be mostly out in the open or under ledges and rocks?

Where should I look?

Any other helpful suggestions gratefully received.

Thanks.

Dave

Posted by Mho on September 25, 2011, 3:10 am
 
Cold blooded animals have to sun themselves to keep their energy levels up.
Watch for them on walls and other masonry objects sunning themselves. Use
binoculars as they detect the vibration of the ground.


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"I can't do that Dave"  wrote in message

Hi All,

The last couple of days the dog has been barking and sniffing around
various rock piles around the house (20 miles out of town by the way)
I didn't take much notice as we get a lot of Gopher snakes and they
are good at controlling the rats and mice so we live and let live.
Pretty much the same for the rattlesnakes as long as they don't come
too close the house.

Well, I am guessing it is a Rattlesnake the dog was sniffing around
for as it got bitten today. A 300-dollar vet bill and he should be OK,
although he is pretty down at the moment.

I keep going out for a walk around but have seen nothing, but the
worrying part is that there are rock walls around the house footings.
We could easily step out of the front or back door on to a big old
nasty, so here's the questions.

When is it best to look for them?

Will they be mostly out in the open or under ledges and rocks?

Where should I look?

Any other helpful suggestions gratefully received.

Thanks.

Dave


Posted by I can't do that Dave on September 25, 2011, 3:17 pm
 
Thanks, he is much improved, I am sure he will be OK. Still lotsa
swelling but he is alert and and wandering around wagging his tail.

Dave

Posted by harry k on September 25, 2011, 4:40 pm
 wrote:

On a cool morning look for them sunning themselve as HMO said.  Any
flat spot on rocks, sidewalks, drive, etc.

I found one on top of a block of ice (remains of a huge drift) on the
shady side of the barn in July once.  Never did figure out what he was
doing here.  Stiff as a board but still alive.

Harry K

Posted by I can't do that Dave on October 3, 2011, 7:49 pm
 Thanks to all for the suggestions. He is all back to normal with the
exception of a quarter-size patch of dead flesh that is getting ready
to fall out like a scab.

The even better news is I found the snake about 30-feet from the
house, curled up and sunning in the middle of the gravel driveway. It
was about 4' long and really fat and ready for Winter.

@MHo: I don't know where you got the "feel the vibrations,"
from but I damned near stepped on it. I was about two paces from it
when it reared up and challenged me. If it had not caught that
movement in my peripheral vision, I would probably be at my Vet right
now.

@BobF: I don't know as this one didn't wag it's tail. It was a silent
challenge, but it had 4 rows of rattles. Probably too cold to rattle
them.

Moot point now.

Dave


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