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    Default Re: snake needs identifying

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandcut View Post
    Well...it's the rodent eating kind (and fish, and salamander, and frog....), but so are rattlesnakes and copperheads. So I don't rightly know what's left to be the "shooting kind".

    We don't have Black Mambas that will chase you down and bite you. .
    Apparently you've never seen what happens in a Florida McD's when they run out of McNuggets.
    Rules are written in the stone,
    Break the rules and you get no bones,
    all you get is ridicule, laughter,
    and a trip to the house of pain.

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    Default Re: snake needs identifying

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandcut View Post
    Well...it's the rodent eating kind (and fish, and salamander, and frog....), but so are rattlesnakes and copperheads. So I don't rightly know what's left to be the "shooting kind".

    There really isn't any legitimate reason to shoot a snake in PA, provided that it is outdoors. We don't have Black Mambas that will chase you down and bite you. As long as you keep your head up and pay attention to what's around you, even our poisonous snakes will crawl away from you. Now if you have a license to kill a rattlesnake on a hunt, that's different. But I spend a lot more time afield than most folks and, even in known high density rattlesnake terrain, I've only ever bumped into one snake in my whole adult life.

    Perhaps things are different way down south in the bayous cottonmouths, but it ends up that much of the time, the snake that gets called "cottonmouth" or "water moccasin" the most is the nonpoisonous Northern watersnake that we're talking about above. So there's little need to pull out a Bond Arms derringer loaded with .410 shot shot shells to finish it off. Either walk around the snake or get a stick and shoo it away.

    I'm 1,000X more afraid of the ticks and related diseases that mice and other rodents carry than any old rattlesnake. Keep the snakes around to keep the population of reservoir hosts down.
    100% agree

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    Default Re: snake needs identifying

    Quote Originally Posted by streaker69 View Post
    Apparently you've never seen what happens in a Florida McD's when they run out of McNuggets.
    I qualified it with an "in PA."

    I knew a woman when I was in Alaska whose previous job was to fly around the Everglades all day in a helicopter, land, then kill every exotic snake she could find. I applied for a similar job near Guam, but wasn't accepted.
    "How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessnes."

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