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#6084676 - 12/15/15 07:11 AM are there rattlesnakes in east texas?
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never heard of any until reading about it today......Tyler area. I hope not as snakes make me hurt myself
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#6084693 - 12/15/15 07:25 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: takewhatyoucan64]
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Yes, timber rattlers I believe

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#6084697 - 12/15/15 07:26 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: takewhatyoucan64]
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I don't think there is any part of Texas that does not have, some areas more than others
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#6084731 - 12/15/15 07:44 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: takewhatyoucan64]
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Growing up in east TX, I had heard about "timber" or "canebrake" rattlers all my life. Despite roaming the woods constantly during my entire youth, I never saw one.

Since I bought my Houston county place in 2004, I have encountered several - all over 4' long (one just shy of 5'). They are perfectly camouflaged and will rattle one time - only if you almost step on them. They are extremely reclusive and very non-aggressive. Their poison is one of the most potent of the American pit vipers.

Here one I coaxed out into the pasture to make a pic - it would have been near impossible to see him in a pic if I had taken it while he was still in the woods. Note his non-aggressive demeanor. All they do is try to get away. The only way I have been able to get one in an aggressive "strike" posture is by poking it with a (long) stick or limb - and that is only for a brief second or two.



They are protected by law as a threatened species.


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (12/15/15 07:50 AM)
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#6084738 - 12/15/15 07:47 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Good post NP up

He's hiding his head like "please just leave me alone so I don't have to kill you". smile
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#6084751 - 12/15/15 07:53 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: takewhatyoucan64]
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I've seen a lot of them along the Neches over the years
from Diboll down to the Spurger area. The juvenile ones have this bad habit of climbing switch cane and ending up on your 4wheeler when you drive through it.

And bigger ones crawling up in your 4wheeler on cool mornings to get some warmth off the motor...hate those things.


Edited by rifleman (12/15/15 07:55 AM)

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#6084752 - 12/15/15 07:53 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Good post NP up

He's hiding his head like "please just leave me alone so I don't have to kill you". smile


Lol yep. I am convinced the only way one will bite you is if you actually stepped on it.
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#6084761 - 12/15/15 07:57 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Growing up in east TX, I had heard about "timber" or "canebrake" rattlers all my life. Despite roaming the woods constantly during my entire youth, I never saw one.

Since I bought my Houston county place in 2004, I have encountered several - all over 4' long (one just shy of 5'). They are perfectly camouflaged and will rattle one time - only if you almost step on them. They are extremely reclusive and very non-aggressive. Their poison is one of the most potent of the American pit vipers.

Here one I coaxed out into the pasture to make a pic - it would have been near impossible to see him in a pic if I had taken it while he was still in the woods. Note his non-aggressive demeanor. All they do is try to get away. The only way I have been able to get one in an aggressive "strike" posture is by poking it with a (long) stick or limb - and that is only for a brief second or two.



They are protected by law as a threatened species.


I have handled many, many timbers around Freestone county....only had one that was a little aggressive....milky eyes and almost ready to shed....otherwise I figure it would have been as passive as all the others....
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#6084766 - 12/15/15 07:58 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Growing up in east TX, I had heard about "timber" or "canebrake" rattlers all my life. Despite roaming the woods constantly during my entire youth, I never saw one.

Since I bought my Houston county place in 2004, I have encountered several - all over 4' long (one just shy of 5'). They are perfectly camouflaged and will rattle one time - only if you almost step on them. They are extremely reclusive and very non-aggressive. Their poison is one of the most potent of the American pit vipers.

Here one I coaxed out into the pasture to make a pic - it would have been near impossible to see him in a pic if I had taken it while he was still in the woods. Note his non-aggressive demeanor. All they do is try to get away. The only way I have been able to get one in an aggressive "strike" posture is by poking it with a (long) stick or limb - and that is only for a brief second or two.



They are protected by law as a threatened species.


Well crap.........looks like this place is its perfect environment. Im not scared of anything but snakes and I been tromping around in these woods in shorts and flipflops

http://herpsoftexas.org/content/pygmy-rattlesnake
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#6084773 - 12/15/15 08:01 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: takewhatyoucan64]
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Well I guess we know who is going snake boot shopping.

And you really need to watch for the copperheads and cottonmouths. Especially with how wet everything in E tex has been they are constantly moving.

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#6084775 - 12/15/15 08:03 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: takewhatyoucan64]
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There is a video on YouTube of a timber rattler ambushing a squirrel that is on a stump/post. It is one of the coolest things I have seen.
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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#6084777 - 12/15/15 08:04 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: takewhatyoucan64]
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Yeah copperheads and cottonmouths are much more of a concern to me than timber rattlers.
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#6084799 - 12/15/15 08:13 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
There is a video on YouTube of a timber rattler ambushing a squirrel that is on a stump/post. It is one of the coolest things I have seen.


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#6084814 - 12/15/15 08:18 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Yeah copperheads and cottonmouths are much more of a concern to me than timber rattlers.


This! In 13 years of running around East Texas, all on the same 1300 acres, I only saw 1 timber rattler and that was earlier this year. It's the cotton mouths and copperheads that I would see on every trip. And it was the cotton mouth that bit me
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#6084822 - 12/15/15 08:24 AM Re: are there rattlesnakes in east texas? [Re: BigPig]
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Originally Posted By: BigPig
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Yeah copperheads and cottonmouths are much more of a concern to me than timber rattlers.


This! In 13 years of running around East Texas, all on the same 1300 acres, I only saw 1 timber rattler and that was earlier this year. It's the cotton mouths and copperheads that I would see on every trip. And it was the cotton mouth that bit me


Those things have a nasty bite to....usually lots of tissue damage.....
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