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my first timber rattler

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came across this big guy along a tributary of the Savage River in MD - can't say i was too happy to see him....


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Posted on: 2013/5/27 21:29
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As one who likes reptiles, I'd consider it a good catch.

A rare event and a memorable FFing experience - part of the Appalachian heritage.

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^Agreed^ But they sure do get your attention!

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can you eat them, or are they protected ?


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Believe you can get a license for 1 to kill, have to count rattle rings I think to determine age or sex, saw video about it once.

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I believe all snakes are edible. We had to handle, learn to prepare and eat snakes as part of our training (Army) at Ft. Sherman in Panama. The instructors said rattlers were particularly tasty. The summary of laws that comes with your fishing license covers the regs . for killing snakes.

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they are protected, there is a season and a catch limit, not sure about them though
always enjoy seeing snakes, great find!

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... have to count rattle rings I think to determine age or sex, saw video about it once.

The number of rattles on a snakes tail only tells the number of times that snake has shed it's skin, not how many years old it is. Neat looking snake though.


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you may not have been too happy to see it, but what if you didnt see it? thanks, good reminder to watch where you put your feet and hands.

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btw I have limited experience in that area, and have never seen a copperhead, but have been told they are common out there.

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Yeah, leave them alone. I see an awful lot of them on Forkston Mountain, where my cabin is located. I will admit I "get rid" of them when I see them right around and under! my cabin, but I let them be everywhere else.

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I have to at least speak for those of us out there who hate seeing snakes. I know I should not feel that way but I do and I am too d&*$ old to change that about myself. I am with afishinado, I do not like them around my cabin or when I am camping, around my tents. But I would like to think if I leave them be, they will leave me alone as well, it has worked out for both of us so far. But my respect for them has always helped me be careful when out fishing.

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The only thing I don't like about snakes is you don't usually see one until you're on top of it, and with a rattlesnake that's not a good thing. This is one of 2 rattlers I saw last season in Potter.

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The only thing I don't like about snakes is you don't usually see one until you're on top of it.


Yup. For those who pack heat, I have no problem with it. But snakes is not a viable reason. If you see it, and identify it, you had plenty of time to get away from it. And I'm not afraid of snakes that I see. It's the ones I don't see that put that fear into me. And there's nothing you can do to protect yourself except for to watch where you step and put your hands.

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