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post #11 of 30 Old 06-03-2013, 05:59 PM
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I don't know if training is the appropriate term. When I would come up on a snake, I used to freak and prepare for her to spook. As a result that's what she would do. I don't do it as much now because I'm conscious of it. My reaction basically taught her how to respond to snakes.

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post #12 of 30 Old 06-03-2013, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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I used to ride a gelding that was in his late 20s/early30s (nobody could ever pinpoint his age, just that he'd "been around forever. johnny used to ride old skip when HE was a boy, now his girls are riding him!") Who was a been there, done that kind of guy. The only time that horse EVER spooked was when there was a snake, or a tree root that looked like a snake, or a shadow that might have resembled a snake at some point. I'm wondering if at some point in his long life he had a run-in with an aggressive snake or stepped on one and it retaliated. I have seen other horses shy at snakes too, but I wonder if it was because it was a snake, or because it was a sudden and unexpected movement.
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post #13 of 30 Old 06-03-2013, 07:43 PM
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I love snakes, and I'm thrilled if I ever see any on trails. I've never encountered anything large or venomous, but I have been known to make my horse follow little snakes so I can get a better look! There's also a big corn snake that wanders around in between the tack lockers who I occasionally see when I open mine. He's my buddy!

Also, snakes are venomous, not poisonous. Sorry being a reptile person, people using the terms incorrectly is a pet peeve of mine! I also get very upset when I see/hear of people killing non venomous snakes in general, or venomous ones when they are not causing any danger. As a teenager we had a huge scare once when my dad and I walked up to our dog playing with something in the backyard only to find out that it was a coiled up baby rattlesnake! My dad (who is petrified of snakes) stomped on the poor little guy right as he was looking to strike at our dog, and that is really the only time that I have found it appropriate to kill one of the little fellows
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post #14 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 08:32 AM
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Here in Tennessee it's illegal to kill a snake, but I doubt you'd find a DA that would prosecute someone for it.

venomous, or poisonous, the context is clear....kind of like marksmen peeved over the term clip being used for magazine.

We all know what it means....
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post #15 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 08:41 AM
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I had a four foot black rat snake behind my barn the other day when I rode out, I just changed directions and went around the other way. The only time my horses have ever freaked out over a snake, it was a copperhead at dusk crawling across the path to my arena, and as I was on foot, I'm glad the horse warned me. We have a rat snake that winters in out garage every year. I never see him, but he always leaves his skin for me *shudders*. They don't bother me when they are outside or around the barn, but to know one was in my garage all winter, and I likely walked all around his hiding place, it just gives me the creeps. The last skin we found was around 6 feet and it wasn't complete.

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post #16 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 09:26 AM
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I also kill venomous snakes in my yard. I leave the black rat snakes alone. I have arat snakes that likes to stay in my well house. I try to have an agreement with it, it stays on the wall and I won't bother it. I did see a rattlesnake in there last year, didn't nake me happy.
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post #17 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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For all of you that kill the venomous ones, have you thought about contacting your local animal control and see if they have a relocation program?
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post #18 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 12:03 PM
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They might have one, but most of the time, the snake will be long gone before someone responds. Around here, sometimes it takes AC days to respond to a call. When there are small children in the area that could potentially get bit, I don't have an issue with killing a venomous snake. Otherwise, I leave well enough alone. A friend of mine had a little boy she knows get bit by a rattler a couple weeks ago, and he was in the hospital until just a couple days ago, and it was touch and go for a while. Would I risk my kids safety to let a snake live in peace? Nope. Even if I have nothing personal against the snake.
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I leave snakes alone and offer a free snake removal service to my friends on Facebook so they don't end up killing the confused black snake that got lost in their basement.

I've seen a venomous snake on a trail once and just let it be. It's there for a reason and I'm in its territory. It's not like they don't let me know they are there.

We have a big ol' rat snake that lives on our property. We mess with him sometimes but we enjoy his company and service.

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post #20 of 30 Old 06-05-2013, 12:36 PM
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For all of you that kill the venomous ones, have you thought about contacting your local animal control and see if they have a relocation program?
Nope. I've already spent $2000 trying to keep my Border Collie alive. And the snake I see near the house now might well be impossible to find when someone from the county had time to come out. This is rattlesnake country. The last one I killed was almost 5 feet long. I'm not going to take a chance on being bitten when I go out in the evening to check the horses - or take a chance on my grandkids being bitten. When I see a rattlesnake near the house, it dies - before it can hide.

We did our own personal removal service for a Gila Monster that liked our front porch. It was the only one I've seen in the wild.
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