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On its way to becoming a good snake

Tipmoose

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As a teenager my dad was hand fishing the banks of a creek one evening when a water moccasin bit him on the chin. He later had a rattler bite his hand while he was trying to move a cistern cover. Almost cost him his yearly elk hunt in Colorado. So I was raised to kill any snake I saw with the exception of the black snakes out in the barn.

In Eastern NC out near the Pungo Wildlife Reserve rattlers and king snakes are thick as thieves. Never did get used to being around them. Dont even get me started about the ones in Florida....lucky for me there weren't many on the island I lived on. But tubing down the rivers in north central florida was eye opening.
 

Quantum673

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Growing up in Georgia I had my share of Rattlers, cotton mouths, coral snakes, and copper heads. Learned pretty early on to keep an eye out and how to recognize them. King and Coral snakes were the toughest to tell apart. I have a great story about that. Best told around a campfire.
 

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Growing up in Georgia I had my share of Rattlers, cotton mouths, coral snakes, and copper heads. Learned pretty early on to keep an eye out and how to recognize them. King and Coral snakes were the toughest to tell apart. I have a great story about that. Best told around a campfire.
Damn mud snakes always freaked me out the most to look at. They aren't poisonous but just look mean as shit. Pretty docile though.

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hickslawns

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When opening a military range it sucked to be assigned the detail of loading magazines. It was always 1000% better than taking the covers off the premade "foxholes" you shoot out of. We had a young drill Sargeant just out of an active Ranger unit. He was cool. Didn't really want to be a DI. Often found him holding the tail of a snake while the other drill sargeants were doing their job. If he was squatting down with an arm extended messing with something. . . Chances are he found something. 😂
 

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Growing up in Georgia I had my share of Rattlers, cotton mouths, coral snakes, and copper heads. Learned pretty early on to keep an eye out and how to recognize them. King and Coral snakes were the toughest to tell apart. I have a great story about that. Best told around a campfire.
I always learned the way to tel a coral from a king was to memorize red on black take a step back, red on yellow he’s your fellow
 

Strizzi

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I hope you never had to put that in practice. It is red on black pet em on the back. Red on yellow will kill a fella. I said that in my head many times so I could tell the difference. Here is a pic of a coral snake.

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That’s one reason I don’t mess with any of them. Thanks for the clarification!
 

Quantum673

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😂

That’s one reason I don’t mess with any of them. Thanks for the clarification!
You are welcome. 🤣
My brother and I used to catch king snakes when we were young. We would show them to the other neighbor kids. One neighbor brought one over one day to show us. He was proud as a peacock. Right up until we broke it to him he was holding a coral snake. 😂😂😂
Never saw the color leave someone's face as fast as it did his.
 

Strizzi

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You are welcome. 🤣
My brother and I used to catch king snakes when we were young. We would show them to the other neighbor kids. One neighbor brought one over one day to show us. He was proud as a peacock. Right up until we broke it to him he was holding a coral snake. 😂😂😂
Never saw the color leave someone's face as fast as it did his.
🤣🤣That sounds like something I’d do
 

Quantum673

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GA is probably similar to Ms with over 50 species of snakes and about a half dozen venomous ones. Snakes everywhere. 😅
I would say they would be very similar. A shit ton of different snakes and not a whole lot of days go by that you don't come across one of them.

Hog Nose were always one that would make me jump. They are not venomous but they rattle their take to imitate a rattle snake. So on first look you think rattler. Funny thing is once you confront it they roll over and play possum. They were always fun to mess with.
 

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Hog Nose were always one that would make me jump. They are not venomous but they rattle their take to imitate a rattle snake. So on first look you think rattler. Funny thing is once you confront it they roll over and play possum. They were always fun to mess with.
We called them puff adders because they flatten their hood like a cobra and hiss. I forgot about them rattling their tail against a left trying to sound like a rattler. I would stomp next to them and they'd roll over on their back and stick their tongue out. 😅😅. Even if you flipped them right side up they roll back over like "no seriously I'm dead". 😅