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Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by ElusivePedro, Jun 9, 2011.
You drown your mouse too?
Pull it with the truck!
I went out and hooked up the laptop to the truck and for some reason I can now see vids without problems....
All is well I guess...
Maestro, when in doubt, always refer to the Problem Solving Flowsheet:
Works like a charm every time
Dianns Dad killed this Diamondback yesterday while harvesting his corn.
13 rattles and a button and forgot how long they told me it was, but to judge, Mr. mcMichael is 6'3" tall.
Used a hoe to dispatch it.
That 92 year old man is Cap Pistol !
Based on the average life, growth rate, and size of that critter she would have been probably 35-40 years old, female, and at this time of year most likely gravid.
Thanks for those tidbits Shaun.
I'll pass it along to the family. They will be very interested in what you said.
Dianns son is a pretty good taxidermy'est and will be stuffing it.
I'll ask him to be on the lookout for eggs.
He sent me a this picture a couple weeks ago.
Perfect bow stance in my opinion.
Won't be eggs, but "egg sacks". Viviparity (giving birth to live young) is common to all vipers, all boas, and a few others IIRC (I'm a bit rusty)
All pythons, corn snakes, milksnakes, etc are egg bearing. ..
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I'm a potato when it comes to snakes, how do you know its a female?
Look for the bush. (they normally don't shave it)
Male EDB's don't get that big in the wild.
Seriously though...I really have seen a EDB Rattler in the Blackwater forest that was at least that big. It was crossing the road that I was riding on and I locked up the brakes in some deep sand and signaled the wife that now was not a good time to show off and pass me. I got a few pics but they were after the snake was heading into the brush. But it was across both sides of the road and it had rattles.
Mr. McMichael saw one that he described as big as "an 8' fence post!" A few years ago.
It got away.
I was sent this a few hours ago:
He's at it again!
8' and around 35 pounds is a MAX sized EDB. They just don't get bigger than that in the wild, and seldom that big even in captivity. My largest female was a heavy #30, and had a steady diet- all she wanted to eat as often as she wanted. She'd eat 4-5 retired breeder rats at a time, or mid sized rabbits- I had a real interest in growing her as large as possible- the larger the female them more offspring she has the ability to produce.
The first pic you posted Tony is a very large animal to be found in the wild. I'm sure Dianne's fathers know what he's doing as you don't make it to be his age by not, but please tell him to be careful. It's MUCH safer to give them a little room than to kill them. More people are bitten trying to kill snakes than are bitten accidently.
I've killed more pigeons than snakes...
EDBs don't like to be pissed on while at church. Ask Mug.
The entire family is asking him to knock it off and quit messing around with snakes.
He used a shovel on this one.
He's a smart old man and we'd hate to lose him messing around with a snake.
Here is the pic from Sept 27th, 2009 when I almost ran over this long rattler that was touching both sides of the road when I locked up the brakes. The snake started to coil a little and looked at me while I was trying to pull my back backwards in the sand and warn Karen not to pass. His body was like a veggie can in the fat part. Scared me. After looking at each other for a minute or two the snake realized we were not going to mess with it and continued across the road into the brush and we didn't follow it. The pic doesn't show the full length but it was the longest snake I ever seen, I would say 8 feet but it could have been 7 feet.
From someone who isn't a fan, the markings are beautiful.