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Old 08-02-2007, 07:09 PM
 
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ill leave them alone..as long as they arent near my house, if its poisonous..its dead.
Do you know the poisonous snakes from harmless snakes. I would not want poisonous snakes near my house eather. But I do know the poisonous ones from the good ones. and most are not poisonous...
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:14 PM
 
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Ever play with a "racer"?
I have played with lots if snakes. and poisonous to
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:21 PM
 
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I also recently learned that it is illegal to kill snakes in Arkansas unless under imminent danger. While fishing in Bella Vista I spoke with a game warden who was checking licenses who in casual conversation informed me of this law. I am an outdoor person and rarely see snakes out on trails or waterways in NWA - so a second vote for no big deal on snakes in AR.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Somewhere close to Heber, AR
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Ok well I have a question for you, if you come across a rattler and it's making the rattling noise what should you do? I will be moving from Alaska to NV and we don't have snakes up here. My husband seen a bull snake on our property and everybody said that was good, they are the predator to the rattlesnake. So anyways what to do if you accidently walk up on one?
Back up the length of the snake and walk away. The snake can't strike that far, but it's an easy rule to remember.

If you hear the buzz but don't know where it is, stand still until you locate the snake, then back away.

The buzz (rattle) is a warning...pay heed to it.

Even it you don't move away, if you don't make any move the snake sees as threatening, it will probably move away.

Do these simple rules always work?

They have for me, but maybe Steve-o has better info.
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Lovelock, NV - Anchorage, AK
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Thank you so much, I'm not looking forward to meeting up with a snake, I use to pick up garden snakes when I was young but have lived in Alaska for 32 years not as daring as I use to be.

Just want to be educated on how to deal with the situtation when it comes up if it comes up.
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, Ark
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Years ago I was fishing on Lake Ouachita and had worked my way into a cove that had steep rocky sides. The water had become shallow enough that I had to raise the big motor. I had gone as far as I could so I started backing out using the trolling motor. When the water had gotten deep enough to lower the big motor, I raised the trolling motor and when I laid it down I heard the rattles. I looked to my right and under a small ledge in the rocks was a rattlesnake about three feet from my face. Here I was with both motors raised and no way to move the boat so I slowly walked to the back of the boat and got the paddle and started working my way out by pushing the paddle against the side of the rock. Made it out OK and both the snake and myself were fine.

I am one that does not have phobia about snakes, other than total respect, and that is the closest I have ever come to one that is venomous. I have seen lots of cottonmouths swimming in rivers and lakes and just stay from them. I am 56 years old and that is the only rattlesnake I have seen in the "wild", and I have lived many years in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri and now Nebraska (I have yet to see a snake in 3 years in Nebraska).

I will be moving back to Arkansas (HSV) in three years and have not even thought about snakes. I dislike chiggers and ticks worse than snakes.

My vote is also "no big deal".
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:26 AM
 
Location: ARK-KIN-SAW
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There are no poisonous snakes. And can you tell the difference? Just curious... most people dont know the difference between a harmless kingsnake (Lampropeltis genus) or a venomous rattlesnake (Crotalidae).
lol at the no poisonous and I should have said "venomous'? And yes, I def know what a copperhead looks like, other than those, I just leave them alone if they arent in my directly in my yard.
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista
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I live in Bella Vista and have been here for over a year. I have seen one snake....lots of squirrels and deer, and few otter,foxes. I understand that there are some near the waterways...However it has not been an issue..we moved from California via Florida so my family isn't comfortable with snakes...

Once again, hasn't been an issue....Now spiders...that is another thing....Lots of those...
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Back up the length of the snake and walk away. The snake can't strike that far, but it's an easy rule to remember.

If you hear the buzz but don't know where it is, stand still until you locate the snake, then back away.

The buzz (rattle) is a warning...pay heed to it.

Even it you don't move away, if you don't make any move the snake sees as threatening, it will probably move away.

Do these simple rules always work?

They have for me, but maybe Steve-o has better info.
Youre absolutely correct. The most important thing is to identify where the snake is before you move. A quick 2 steps back (big steps) is all you need. Then you can actually take the time to watch the snake and observe it and realize what neat creatures they really are.
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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lol at the no poisonous and I should have said "venomous'? And yes, I def know what a copperhead looks like, other than those, I just leave them alone if they arent in my directly in my yard.
Copperheads are beautiful snakes, especially when theyre laying in a pile of fall leaves and they disappear due to their patterning. Im glad you leave them alone, thats good to hear.
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