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Old 01-17-2011, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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US Park Rangers across the country report that most snake bites they find on humans are on their hands. That tells you that there are a lot of stupid tourists that reach out for cornered snakes that just wish you would go away.

Down in Florida I once almost ran into a water moccasin. I was coming from one direction and he was coming from another. I think we were both startled. Well, I ran one way and he, the other.

I was going to pick up my mail in the community building and I made the mistake of telling the maintenance men. They took off after him. He did everything he could to just get away from them. They eventually cut his head off. I always felt kind of bad. I wouldn't have been able to identify him, but those local Florida boys said he was a water moccasin.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., 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?
I have had a couple (stupid) dogs get bit by copperheads. One summer all three of my sisters dogs were bit and one of them twice (stupid dogs). Usually they learn to leave the snakes alone. One of my dogs got bit on the nose by a garder snake. The snake hung on and the dog ran in circles trying to get it off. Wish Id had a video camera handy. He dosent bother snakes anymore.
Usually copperhead bites are not that bad. There is a medication you can get from the vet if your dog gets bit, but I cant think of the name of it.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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I have had a couple (stupid) dogs get bit by copperheads. One summer all three of my sisters dogs were bit and one of them twice (stupid dogs). Usually they learn to leave the snakes alone. One of my dogs got bit on the nose by a garder snake. The snake hung on and the dog ran in circles trying to get it off. Wish Id had a video camera handy. He dosent bother snakes anymore.
Usually copperhead bites are not that bad. There is a medication you can get from the vet if your dog gets bit, but I cant think of the name of it.
I think it's benadryl for the swelling, not positive...
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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I think it's benadryl for the swelling, not positive...
There is perscription pill I have on hand just incase my stupid dog gets bit again. I got it from my sister the summer all her dogs just had to play with the snakes. It might be benadryl.

I remember, way back when I was a child, my uncle feeding his dog bacon grease because it had gotten snake bit.
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