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 Post subject: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:07 pm 
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Some of you live in Grzzly country

Some in Wolf country

I do have mountain lions in my back/front yard sometimes

But

This is what really scares me.

Saturday morning in the garage

before I even had coffee

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35 inches long. about 1.25 inches around and 7 rattlers


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 Post subject: Re: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:13 pm 
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how'd it get in your garage if it was dead. :scratch: :nononno:


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 Post subject: Re: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:04 pm 
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No PJ, it entered the garage alive and wound up dead


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 Post subject: Re: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:12 pm 
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just bustin' your balls rayray.

i can see the desire to kill these guys, esp. if you have kids or pets, but there are usually volunteers that will pick them up ALIVE and release them at your enemies house.

you should make some gaiters out of the skin, or maybe a headband. :thumpsup:


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 Post subject: Re: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:28 pm 
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before I even had coffee

obviously an offense punishable by death :lol:

and another vote for making it a headband :thumpsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:47 pm 
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Time to find out if a pair of snake skins are lighter than mohair and more water repellant than nylon?


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 Post subject: Re: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:05 pm 
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Wow!

I hate snakes. Me and Indiana Jones. Glad nobody/no pets were harmed.

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 Post subject: Re: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:13 am 
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Rattle snakes are a part of life for most areas in the Western states. Plenty around Colorado. For the most part I find that just leaving them alone works fine, but they are certainly a threat to pets and kids, not too mention adults. If I found one in my garage, you can bet it would have a similar look to the one pictured above.


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 Post subject: Re: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:20 am 
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They taste like chicken.


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 Post subject: Re: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:23 am 
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They taste like chicken.




I did plan on eating it, but I mangled the meat during the incident. Also the skin. Next time I will consider that before I make my two by four do its magic


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 Post subject: Re: Local Hazzard
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:52 pm 
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TEX wrote:
but I mangled the meat during the incident

Eat it anyway. I used to kill snakes with rocks and still eat them. It's way radder when you kill it yourself. The meat is separated from the viscera (unless you tore the membrane) and should still be good. I never ended up damaging a body that badly.
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and another vote for making it a headband

His makes three votes :thumpsup:

But seriously, be sure to properly dispose of the head. (i.e. cut it off, thoroughly mangle it with you 2x4; like pulverize the bones kind of 'mangle') Bury it if you want.
The when the fangs are still connected to the venom sacks, they still pose a threat until all the flesh has completely decomposed.
If you bury the body as-is, years later, people might step it or kids may dig it up. If you throw it out as-is, the trash-man may apply pressure to the side of the bag and the bones could puncture the bag, his leather gloves and his skin.

Here is a descent tutorial on how to skin and clean a dead snake

Oh! and save the rattle (the best part)


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