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Old 04-11-2007, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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If your cats are adults, there is no danger of them getting bitten by snakes because of their quick reflexes. But dogs are another story. Where I grew up, most people removed their dogs' collars during the snake season because the extreme swelling caused by snakebite can cause a dog to be strangulated by the collar.
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Another Day Closer
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If your cats are adults, there is no danger of them getting bitten by snakes because of their quick reflexes. But dogs are another story. Where I grew up, most people removed their dogs' collars during the snake season because the extreme swelling caused by snakebite can cause a dog to be strangulated by the collar.
Thanks for the info! My cats are all adults so they'll probably be fine. I probably have more to worry about from the neighborhood dogs huh LOL
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Old 04-15-2007, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Cookeville, Tennessee
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Question. We are getting ready to move to Tennesee and I have cats. I was told recently that there is a problem with snakes killing cats in Tennessee. Is this true. When we were down there I never saw a cat, only dogs. I can't leave without my cats they have been with me so long it would be like leaving the kids but I am concerned about this. My cats are indoor/outdoor cats. Any info or suggestions? Thanks
Personally, I don't think that our snakes are any meaner to cats than any other state's snakes are.
That being said, I also believe that the only good snake is a dead snake.
As for cats, I'll reserve comment.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:57 PM
 
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TWODOGHUNTER: I'm considering taking an offer (work) to move to the Memphis / German town area in TN. I have two quality labradors, besides being extremely good on pheasants and ducks, they may be my best friends. My concern is the snakes in TN.... The two dogs spend a great amount of time with me in the mountains off leash now. I'm also concerned about buying a house with acreage there in TN because of the possibility of snakes. Would someone give me their persective about life in TN regarding the snakes and/or the possibility of other dangers to such dogs as mine living in TN?
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Niota, TN
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TWODOGHUNTER: I'm considering taking an offer (work) to move to the Memphis / German town area in TN. I have two quality labradors, besides being extremely good on pheasants and ducks, they may be my best friends. My concern is the snakes in TN.... The two dogs spend a great amount of time with me in the mountains off leash now. I'm also concerned about buying a house with acreage there in TN because of the possibility of snakes. Would someone give me their persective about life in TN regarding the snakes and/or the possibility of other dangers to such dogs as mine living in TN?
My neighbors dogs several run loose and she hasn't said anything to me about any of her dogs getting snake bit. They hunt in the woods all the time, so that doesn't seem to be a problem IMO.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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TWODOGHUNTER: I'm considering taking an offer (work) to move to the Memphis / German town area in TN. I have two quality labradors, besides being extremely good on pheasants and ducks, they may be my best friends. My concern is the snakes in TN.... The two dogs spend a great amount of time with me in the mountains off leash now. I'm also concerned about buying a house with acreage there in TN because of the possibility of snakes. Would someone give me their persective about life in TN regarding the snakes and/or the possibility of other dangers to such dogs as mine living in TN?

I have lived here for 6 years now and have gone on many hikes with my dogs off leash. I have yet to have one of my dogs get bit by a snake or a spider on one of our outings. My biggest concern is them falling off a ledge to their deaths. The snakes you have to watch out for are the copperheads. They stay hidden in the leaf material and will strike if stepped on. I have yet to see this happen.
IMO skunks are the biggest problem.
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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Years and years here in TN...always had outdoor farm dogs...never had one snakebit, and we have multiple kinds of snakes here in my area including cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, and copperheads.

Well, I've never had one snakebit that I could tell or knew about.

We've been fortunate with the skunks...maybe our dogs were smarter than average. Likely just luckier.

We have had more problems with coyotes and raccoons and feral dogs than snakes or skunks, but nothing too bad. I think my dogs were the ones to be avoided...
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
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I've lived my entire life in Tennessee (40 years), and I've never had a pet encounter a snake to my knowledge. I've seen plenty, but it's never been an issue with the cats or dogs.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I had a friend in Florida that had her door open. A rattlesnake was heading for the door, and in between her and the snake was her two-year-old. Their very old house cat came up behind the snake and she took a swat at him and he took off. Snakes try to avoid cats. Of course, they try to avoid dogs and people if given a chance. My guess is the snake was trying to get into the house to get warm.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:02 PM
 
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Thanks to each of you.... Your comments help to eliminate a real concern of mine...
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