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        05-11-2013, 03:16 PM
      #1
    Trained
    Heads up guys, the snakes are OUT!

    Ever see a Puff Adder? Well, here you go!


    I was not messing with him when he did this, just watching him. He didn't like me that close and wellll.... He was "fed up".




    (NOTE! No snakes were harmed in the making of these films! He was actually saved from the chickens, dogs, and the lawn mower, unfortunately he lost his dinner. No worries because there are millions more in the yard right now! He's safe in the bushes. Adders are non-venimous, only eat toads, and can't bite, their fangs are way far back in their throats for popping toads.)

    Snakes are out, watch it! Had a heart attack when I almost stepped on him. Had my boots on and thank heavens he wasn't a rattler!
         
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        05-11-2013, 03:31 PM
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    Green Broke
    I almost walked right over a venomous one on my last trail ride D:

    Scared the bejeesus out of me, meanwhile Alahna's just standing there trying to put her face closer to it o.o

    All I know is that I will definitely be on the lookout for snakes a lot more now that I've seen that one. We get alot of the Copperhead/Black Snake crosses that take after the Copperheads on their venom status, and they're aggressive things too! The one we came across was around 4' in length, but at my friend's barn I've seen them around 6'.
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        05-11-2013, 05:21 PM
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    Trained
    Bitis arietans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    If you're talking about a real puff adder, then it's super venomous! If what you were messing with isn't venomous, I don't know what the real name for it is. What state/country are you in?
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        05-11-2013, 05:40 PM
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    We have coral, diamond back, and copper heads here, but I have the most trouble with copper heads. They're EVERYWHERE because we have a bayou running across our land. I've seen them as big as 6' and we had a yearling colt killed by one when he was too curious. Horrible!
         
        05-11-2013, 06:27 PM
      #5
    Trained
    Whew you had me scared for a sec DC!
    Nope it's called a puff adder, blowing adder, hissing adder, and even an opossum snake. It's not poisonous, rear fanged, and the correct term is Eastern Hog Nosed Snake.
    Whoops!
    Http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterodon

    We have all the nasties like rattlers and copperheads, killed a CH over 5 ft long next to the house when we first moved in. This place was crawling with them. AHHHHH!!!!!
    Stay safe guys!
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        05-11-2013, 06:47 PM
      #6
    Yearling
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    I almost walked right over a venomous one on my last trail ride D:

    Scared the bejeesus out of me, meanwhile Alahna's just standing there trying to put her face closer to it o.o

    All I know is that I will definitely be on the lookout for snakes a lot more now that I've seen that one. We get alot of the Copperhead/Black Snake crosses that take after the Copperheads on their venom status, and they're aggressive things too! The one we came across was around 4' in length, but at my friend's barn I've seen them around 6'.
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    I've heard this as well. However it is a myth. Black snakes and copperheads can not successfully breed. Black snakes are egg layers. Copperheads however give live birth, so to speak. They keep the eggs inside for approx105-110 days then the hatchling hatch inside the mother then I merge at about 4-6 inches long. I had heard this alot when I moved down here so I looked into it.
    I've also heard that if you have black snakes around your odds of having copperheads decrease due to adult blacks preying on the young copperheads. I don't know how true this is either. Personally I like see in the blacks around. The wreak havoc on the mouse population. I saw one yesterday about 5.5 ft long. I almost hit it with the lawn mower.
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        05-11-2013, 07:09 PM
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    Yearling
    I am so happy to live in a place where the only venomous snakes I have to deal with are nice enough to give a warning, haha. We have so many dogs and cats that we don't have to worry about rattlers, but I did run across a big one a month ago or so while riding. I'm pretty sure we scared him more than he scared us (although I almost died of a heart attack when first my horse, then all of my dogs walked right on top of him...) King snakes are the ones we really want to see, nice big ones.
    That poor snake, I was laughing so hard when I saw the video of him playing dead...
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        05-11-2013, 07:31 PM
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    Trained
    It's because predators/humans are killing off the gold lighter colored ones, the darker copperheads make it breeding more darker ones... Not crossing with blacks.

    Same thing is happening to rattlesnakes in populated areas (some say). The louder snakes give themselves away, thus are killed. So the shyer more quiet ones breed. Not a good situation.
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        05-11-2013, 07:32 PM
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    Trained
    Yeah, I feel awful giving him/her such a hard time! Poor snake! But if I hadn't it'd be mower fodder right now.
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        05-11-2013, 07:34 PM
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    Trained
    Seen the rattlers out here already...Not amused! Seen way too many last year. Time to head out for a little hunting, I think..
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