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#6024709 - 11/11/15 11:17 PM Big Rattler.
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Big ol rattler killed in Arkansas. Guys story below. He shot it with his wife's pink snub nose. up



http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/the-biggest-rattlesnake-youll-ever-see-1741987485



Edited by dkershen (11/11/15 11:19 PM)
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#6024747 - 11/12/15 01:30 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: dkershen]
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That's a good sized rattler for sure! Biggest I've seen in person was a 6' 8" one I took out in Carrizo Springs, TX a few years ago.
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#6024751 - 11/12/15 02:18 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: dkershen]
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#6025081 - 11/12/15 08:37 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: dkershen]
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That's a big rattler.
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#6025082 - 11/12/15 08:38 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: dkershen]
driedmeat Offline
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That's a whopper!

Refreshing to see a pic of a big snake - NOT hanging off of a long pole directed at the camera in an attempt to make it look like a world record.

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#6025142 - 11/12/15 09:06 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: driedmeat]
dkershen Offline


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Originally Posted By: driedmeat
That's a whopper!

Refreshing to see a pic of a big snake - NOT hanging off of a long pole directed at the camera in an attempt to make it look like a world record.

Then don't read article... That's the first pic you'll see. roflmao
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#6025192 - 11/12/15 09:28 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: dkershen]
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I like them new style snake boots. bolt

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#6025269 - 11/12/15 09:54 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: dkershen]
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Too bad he killed it. Snakes like this are very rare. We used to see 5-6' rattlers below the Caprock all the time, but not anymore.
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#6025317 - 11/12/15 10:08 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: tShawnB]
dkershen Offline


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Originally Posted By: tShawnB
Too bad he killed it. Snakes like this are very rare. We used to see 5-6' rattlers below the Caprock all the time, but not anymore.


Hard to blame him. Had bitten his dog.
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#6025454 - 11/12/15 10:44 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: tShawnB]
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Originally Posted By: tShawnB
Too bad he killed it. Snakes like this are very rare. We used to see 5-6' rattlers below the Caprock all the time, but not anymore.

I'm sure you can buy some to turn out on your place if you really want that, lol. bolt

I kill the ones I find. No way I'm leaving them around my dogs and 2 year old son.

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#6025902 - 11/12/15 02:28 PM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: 7x57]
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Originally Posted By: TheWhiteMexican
Originally Posted By: tShawnB
Too bad he killed it. Snakes like this are very rare. We used to see 5-6' rattlers below the Caprock all the time, but not anymore.

I'm sure you can buy some to turn out on your place if you really want that, lol. bolt

I kill the ones I find. No way I'm leaving them around my dogs and 2 year old son.


Yep! Only good snake....well you know the rest...lol

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#6026111 - 11/12/15 04:00 PM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: dkershen]
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That's some good eating right there. food

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#6026539 - 11/12/15 08:02 PM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: dkershen]
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Registered: 10/12/11
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Loc: West Texas
The thing I find funny is that he cut off the rattlers before he cut off the head. scratch

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#6031903 - 11/16/15 06:51 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: dkershen]
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the guys little dog is ready to pounce
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#6032385 - 11/16/15 10:35 AM Re: Big Rattler. [Re: driedmeat]
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Originally Posted By: driedmeat
That's a whopper!

Refreshing to see a pic of a big snake - NOT hanging off of a long pole directed at the camera in an attempt to make it look like a world record.


^^^^^^^^^ Agreed.

It's certainly a big Western D/B, I've caught many hundreds in my life time, both in Central and South Texas.

An honest Six foot snake is a rarity.

In the photo above we don't really have anything of 'known' scale to judge the snakes length. Clearly... it is a large snake and since the subject of the story/post is about that, I am satisfied.

For those wanting to know the true length of the specimen, we can estimate it based on the 'normal' width of the male hand (approx. 3.3" or about 4" clenched). The mans hand is the only thing in the same focal plane as the snake (an important point, knowledgeable photographers will tell you).

Including the head of the snake and allowing for the droop of the tail, I would estimate its length at about 72".

That would not be a surprising length for an Eastern Diamond Back, but that's a big 'Western' in anyone's book.

The largest we have ever caught was a 'measured' 6'-3" on a ranch in Encinal, Texas. That snake had a 13" girth!


Edited by flintknapper (11/16/15 10:37 AM)
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