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Old 06-20-2008, 01:46 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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The title of this thread made me laugh and think of Will Ferrell doing Harry Caray-- "It's a simple question: would you eat the moon if it were made of ribs?"
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Borne, TX
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Snakes are more afraid of us than we are of them, well at least most of us. They try to avoid us. My father was in New Guinea during WWII. There were many, many seriously dangerous snakes there. One (idiot) got bit. That was because he played with them according to my father. Everyone with one exception that I know of who was snake bit was snake bit because he/she messed with them. The one exception was a woman I met in Wimberly, TX in 1965 when I was 10 years old. She showed me the dead skin marks wher a rattle snake bit her as she got out of a car in a darkened parking lot. That was neat to a 10 year old boy. The best advice I've heard is when I was a Boy Scout which was watch where you put your hands and feet and don't play with them. If your in the water splash around a lot and they will get out of your way.

Farm dogs get bit a lot. They get sick for a while, but seldom die even with no treatment. I've never heard of one dying and my grandfather and uncles farmed a lot in TX, AR, and OK.
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Old 11-05-2008, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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Living in Spring, I'd see them fairly often, but that area was heavily wooded until they started knocking down every single tree recently to throw up cracker jack houses in the 90's to 120's. But, there was a big greenbelt behind us with a lake and when I bought the house it had a plastic pond w/ fish in it... we had snakes in there eating the fish. Scary.
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Old 06-10-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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I hate hearing from people who kill snakes as a matter of course. Do you REALLY think you're putting a dent in the snake population? For every rattlesnake you kill, there are 100 you never see.

If you are that freakin afraid of venom, go out and kill bees instead. They kill far more people every year than do snakes.

With that out of the way, there are almost no snakebite fatalities on an anuual (or even a decade) basis in Texas. Most serious injuries stem from people trying to handle rattlesnakes (as attested to the number of bites that occur on hands and fingers). Copperheads are the most common in southeast Texas, and they are not lethal.

My sister lives out in the country near Anderson, Texas, 100 miles north of Houston, and regularly encounters copperheads in her yard. Her reaction? Shoo them away to keep her dogs from killing them. The fact of the matter is that a copperhead is far more likely to "freeze" in response to seeing you than to become aggressive.
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Do you feel better after replying to a nearly three year old thread?
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:38 AM
 
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Question We are afraid, very afraid..........

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Do you feel better after replying to a nearly three year old thread?

LOL, I feel "better" by bumping this thread of 5 years. I'm another one of those Josey ppl finding my way to Texas. I love Texas but I have a real snake phobia since early childhood. For some reason I've always been obsessed and fascinated with snakes, even though I wasborn and raised in Moscow (USSR), and saw snakes only in different Zoo's. Is there any way to avoid these creatures at all if one does not live in remote area or by the water? I really don't want to be in the situation o having to kill one simple out of close to irrational fear. My wife and kids are not big fans of snakes and scorpions either. i'd rather avoid contact than harm these creatures....if i can. Please tell me that's it's possible to live in Texas and not deal w/ snakes?

Thank You all.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:44 AM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Lived here for 39 years. Have yet to see my first, outside of the zoo.
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:01 AM
 
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Lived here for 39 years. Have yet to see my first, outside of the zoo.

Thank You very much cheryjohns, believe it or not this could be a deal breaker on otherwise really a done deal decision. We live in the Northern NJ and are "spared" here for the most part, unless you really venture far, far out in the woods, I guess.Then of course, here in Joysy land we have to be on look out for "two-legged" snakes LOL . This is our first private house where we live now, but I owned properties before in NY. Condo/coop etc in apt buildings. We don't mind it at all as long as in the safe area w/ good schools.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:06 AM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Thank You very much cheryjohns, believe it or not this could be a deal breaker on otherwise really a done deal decision. We live in the Northern NJ and are "spared" here for the most part, unless you really venture far, far out in the woods, I guess.Then of course, here in Joysy land we have to be on look out for "two-legged" snakes LOL . This is our first private house where we live now, but I owned properties before in NY. Condo/coop etc in apt buildings. We don't mind it at all as long as in the safe area w/ good schools.
Just got schooled on coops (we don't have them here). Thank you, crone.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:30 AM
 
Location: InnerLoop
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This may buy you a free beer...Ask someone how many poisonous snakes there are in Texas (or US). Answer: 0. There are venomous snakes in TX, but none that are poisonous. Yes, there's a difference.
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