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Re: rattlers

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That does make it easier doesn;t it....

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Re: rattlers

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Matt, Massauga's are only in extreme western PA, a swamp rattler along the Ohio border.



They have these at Moraine State Park right outside of Butler. I used to hunt there alot when i was younger but never saw one. However, there is Jennings Nature Reserve about 2 miles from the north side of Moraine. We went on a field trip there when I was in high school and they took us on a "nature walk" just to find one of these rattlers. We did end up finding one... it was pretty small but I wouldn't want to mess with it!!

I do remember them telling us that they have a very, very limited range.... maybe the size of two or three counties.

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There are small pockets of massasauga in Westerm PA and Ohio. Extremely rare, and very seldom seen because of their habitat. So, there are no maps that are completely accurate.

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sure good thing you guys don't live in Fl.-over 100 replies.
Coral snakes ALL over the place-like pretty worms-lol
gotta admit I respect the homeless who camp in the woods around here.
Corals and blackwidows all over-rattlers are getting rare but I stepped on a gator down at the pond-about 6 foot
that'll brown your drawers.lol

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I finally found some pics (hopefully I attached them) of a rattler Bede and I came across on Cherry Run Road while heading to Penns. This was in 2000.
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sure good thing you guys don't live in Fl.-over 100 replies.
Coral snakes ALL over the place-like pretty worms-lol


Seems everybody has a snake tale........

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Pete, you forgot the brown recluse spider. You got lucky with that gator those things are in every pond in the state.

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I fish the Lehigh River a lot, Rattle snake and Copper head heaven at times.
I see more snakes when I'm walking the road in then any place else.
Just use your wading staff and tap it on the ground in front of you while you walk to and from your fishing spot and you'll be fine.
If you do see a snake let it go , don't try to push it out of the way don't pick up a rock and throw it at it.
I've fished the creeks and rivers around here in north east and north centeral Pa for 30 + years and never had to kill a snake.
I have more problems with the tourists around here then snakes.

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Here's that photo of a little J snake.

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Wouldn't worry about him...the rattle is showing but the business end is hiding under a rock. Just keep moving.

Posted on: 2009/3/10 23:21


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GulfGG is right on about Brown Recluse Spiders - they're nasty! Having grown up in the South, I saw many Black Widows but never met anyone bitten by one. Brown Recluse Spiders were another matter. These darn rascals get into your clothes at night when you're outdoors. We seemed to have an epidemic of BRS bites when I was at Ft Benning (southwest GA). They'd get in your kevlar and bite you on the head when you put it on - we got to beating helmets and clothing every morning and they'd fall out. I saw many bitten soldiers with festering wounds from the bites that would get infected and result in guys getting recycled in schools or dropped. They were literally a real pain. I'm not sure about the range of this critter - if we have 'em in PA I have never seen one here but, man, they're all over the South.

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We had them in Idaho...you always checked under your sheets before getting into bed.

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I got nailed by a Brown Recluse while in Korea. I got bitten on the calf on a Sunday afternoon while napping on a little used sofa, and by Wednesday my right leg was swollen and painful up to my groin and I had difficulty walking. The medics told me that if I would have let it go let it go any longer I would have lost my leg.

I have a nice scar from the skin incinsion the medics made to scrape out pus and then stuff in quite a bit of packing to drain the wound. I wasn't under for the treatment. It was about the most painful medical treatment I've ever had. Double-hernia, pacemaker and more recent tumor surgery didn't compare.

Save the rattlesnakes, kill Brown Recluse.

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Military bases are a good source for exotic pests. Locations with high turnover (overseas deployment and continental movement) are good places to find foreign nasties that have hitched a ride in personal gear and military equipment and supplies.

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Like I said in my earlier post, this one, like the other rattlers I've seen in PA, seemed to be interested more in getting away than anything else. It only put the front end of its body under that ledge after we spent a few minutes taking pictures and checking it out. They are actually quite pretty.

Posted on: 2009/3/11 10:26



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