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#6268964 - 04/20/16 06:33 PM Stay alert
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All this rain has the snakes out. Found this one dead in the yard. I am guessing that the Lab killed it but it doesn't have much damage and
the dog seems to be OK. This is the second Coral snake seen in that last 5 days.

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#6268979 - 04/20/16 06:45 PM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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Ouch - glad to hear your dog seems to be ok
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#6269185 - 04/20/16 08:43 PM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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Poison control center in Dallas predicting a bad snake year due to mild winter.
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#6269194 - 04/20/16 08:48 PM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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I have only ever seen two live rattlers in the wild. But I have seen countless coral snakes. I even had one chasing me once.
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#6269256 - 04/20/16 09:39 PM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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Neurotoxins on those dudes, distant cousins to the cobras. If the dog had been bit likely would have died. Thankfully their fangs are rearward and small...

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#6269406 - 04/21/16 01:53 AM Re: Stay alert [Re: Simple Searcher]
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Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
I have only ever seen two live rattlers in the wild. But I have seen countless coral snakes. I even had one chasing me once.

I've seen and caught lots of rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cotton mouths....never seen a coral snake in the wild...would really like to find one...
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#6269462 - 04/21/16 06:55 AM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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I've always liked their colors. up
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#6269486 - 04/21/16 07:19 AM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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Red on Yellow kill a fella, good heads up up
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#6269616 - 04/21/16 08:42 AM Re: Stay alert [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
I've always liked their colors. up


Me too, Would love to find one some day.
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#6269673 - 04/21/16 09:10 AM Re: Stay alert [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
I have only ever seen two live rattlers in the wild. But I have seen countless coral snakes. I even had one chasing me once.

I've seen and caught lots of rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cotton mouths....never seen a coral snake in the wild...would really like to find one...


I've seen a King snake but never a coral, either.
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#6270576 - 04/21/16 06:28 PM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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Dog is still OK today. I don't know what else could have killed the snake inside the fenced area. If somebody wants this snake, I have it
in the freezer.
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#6270599 - 04/21/16 06:54 PM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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Like Stub said, the other is a milk snake.

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#6272321 - 04/23/16 08:01 AM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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have seen a couple, kid in Blanko was playing with one, got bite, nearly died
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#6296003 - 05/12/16 12:32 AM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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Very toxic venom!

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#6296101 - 05/12/16 06:50 AM Re: Stay alert [Re: Michael W.]
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Originally Posted By: Michael W.
Dog is still OK today. I don't know what else could have killed the snake inside the fenced area. If somebody wants this snake, I have it
in the freezer.


Your Lab probably killed it. They can 'shake' a snake to death very quickly. A Coral snake would have a difficult time finding a place to latch onto a large dog, except for the lips or nose.

They can't simply 'strike' like pit vipers can...because their fangs are 'fixed' and the venom duct is not directly connected to them. Meaning...they need to grab onto an object and chew...in order to deliver any venom.

Just the same, it would be a good idea to watch your Lab. The onset of the neurotoxin venom can take time and 'symptoms' might not be readily detectable.

I had a Chocolate Lab that absolutely hated snakes and would grab and kill any that he found. He was bitten 3 different times by Copperheads, but it never dissuaded him.
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