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Old Yesterday, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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You have done a good job of covering the state. I will add, the BV by pass now has the funds and should be completed by 2021. That is encouraging. I too hope I live long enough to see the completion. What I like about BV is we are rural and urban at the same time. We are within 1/2 hour from great shopping, medical and really good dining and yet we are almost in the country. We also have a very active military retirement community.
An extension o f the Hot Springs bypass, to bring a four lane highway closer to the village, was voted on two election cycles ago and they haven't done a thing as far as I know. Certainly no construction has begun. This is another project I doubt will be finished in my lifetime. I think back to watching what's now I-49 creep it's way south of Joplin. Seems like every year they would extend the 4 lane another mile or so.
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Old Yesterday, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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I have heard we do have a few water moccacines (spelling) in our lakes but have never seen one, nor have I seen a rattle snake. We saw rattle snakes in Calif and AZ, but not here. As for the copperheads we did find a dead baby in a insect trap shortly after we moved here. We have never seen one since, but I kept telling my self, it there was a baby there had to be a mommy and daddy somewhere near.
we do see harmless snakes every summer, but even then, considering all the vacant forest land around us, very few.
We live on top of a ridge and have no neighbors close. We have woods and large trees right up to the property line on both sides of the house and in the back. Being on a ridge we have more rocks than dirt, and a rock retaining wall the length of the garage and driveway. Perfect habitat for copperheads. We have had four of them around in six years, plus a nest of garter snakes that about gave our handyman a heart attack. When we lived in Kansas we had 10x this many snakes, at least.
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Old Yesterday, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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An extension o f the Hot Springs bypass, to bring a four lane highway closer to the village, was voted on two election cycles ago and they haven't done a thing as far as I know. Certainly no construction has begun. This is another project I doubt will be finished in my lifetime. I think back to watching what's now I-49 creep it's way south of Joplin. Seems like every year they would extend the 4 lane another mile or so.
the BV bypass has a lot of construction right now. You can see there the 2 new lanes will be and the extension still needed is only a few miles. I have every faith it will be finished in a few years. Maybe not as soon as predicted, but in the next 2 plus years.
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Old Yesterday, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We live on top of a ridge and have no neighbors close. We have woods and large trees right up to the property line on both sides of the house and in the back. Being on a ridge we have more rocks than dirt, and a rock retaining wall the length of the garage and driveway. Perfect habitat for copperheads. We have had four of them around in six years, plus a nest of garter snakes that about gave our handyman a heart attack. When we lived in Kansas we had 10x this many snakes, at least.
Other than our baby copperhead I think the worst we have seen was a huge black snake in our garage. I know so little about snakes that I am not about to decide what kind a snake it is. So we called the police to remove it. they arrived, the nice cop picked it up and threw it across the street. The other problem we did have was a few snake skins in our attic. The crew doing the remodeling on our house about 5 years ago discovered them. Like you, we have lived a lot of places with as many snakes as we have here.
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Old Today, 04:18 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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I call any large non-poisonous snake a "rat snake" so the first time I saw a real rat snake, and didn't know what it was, I held a shovel between me and it (all the snake could see was the metal shovel blade) and let it strike the shovel while I looked to see if it had any of the signs of being poisonous. Poor thing, by the time I had decided it was no threat and tossed it out of my work area into the brush, it probably had permanent brain damage from hitting that shovel blade
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Old Today, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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A rat snake tends to get very long, like over 5'. I saw one even try to mimic a rattlesnake by coiling up and shaking his tail to scare us away.
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