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Old 06-03-2008, 06:38 PM
 
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I used this in Texas where I encountered snakes on occasion (and we won't mention the scorpions in the house!) we used this saying on the coral snakes:

Red and yellow kill a fellow
Red and black venom lack

Poisonous coral snakes have red, yellow and black stripes. American king snakes have the same stripes. The difference is that the red and yellow touch on the poisonous snakes and on the American king snake the red and black stripes touch.

All I have ever seen here in east TN are your garden variety black snakes and copperheads.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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I must congratulate you Tennesseans for knowing a thing or two about snakes! Most snake threads I see are so full of bad information that I cant help but chuckle. The info posted thus far is accurate and to-the-point (minus the common "poisonous" term which is incorrect). Job well done!
If y'all ask nice I'll find a picture of our baby Diesel...
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:21 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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If y'all ask nice I'll find a picture of our baby Diesel...
Seems to me the baby is like 12 feet long.....
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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Probably closer to 14 feet now. Suffice it to say he keeps the frozen bunny population at bay here at our place lol. And keep in mind, the females grow another 10 feet longer. I'll try to find a recent pic...
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:24 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California
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In TN they have 100 foot pythons that can swallow you whole! I know. One swallowed me once but spit me out cuz I had not showered in a month. They break in your house and will eat you. You must keep a tank on hand to stop them or a bazooka! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Just playing. Have had one to many beers and I dont live in TN but I sure want to.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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All I have ever seen here in east TN are your garden variety black snakes and copperheads.
Just be careful, cottonmouths are often very dark in appearance (black), too.
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Old 06-04-2008, 01:06 PM
 
Location: BFE
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Just be careful, cottonmouths are often very dark in appearance (black), too.

Cottonmouths are usually found near water arent' they? I've rarely seen one here, but there is no mistaking the solid white inside of their mouths. At any rate, you can always tell if a snake is poisonous by the vertical iris of their eyes.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co. TN
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Who gets close enough to look them in the eye?
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:15 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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Who gets close enough to look them in the eye?
I didn't even know they had eyes.........
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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And...once you see their cottony mouth you're in trouble. I was thinking the same thing about that one... lol!

best to learn the patterns you need to avoid. There really aren't that many.

But if you encounter a venomous snake close enough to bite you, I imagine that angry look would be marked indelibly on your memory.

If you're bitten, I believe the advice if I recall, is to isolate the bitten area (tourniquet?) and get to the hospital asap. If I remember correctly, keeping your heart rate as low as possible was something to strive for as well.

As I think I saw on here, people rarely "die" from snakebite nowadays unless you're without resources (nearby hospital).

We have pet snakes and really enjoy them (except for the poop of the big one; he poops like a horse). We also have Northern ringnecks everywhere around here, which are just stunning! And garter snakes that are neat as well.

This has been a really mature thread, lacking all the "EEEW, I'd kill any snake I found!" I've seen in other threads.

That said, if I find a copperhead in my yard, I'd be hard-pressed to err on the side of the snake, for fear of its offspring biting my child.
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