Have this new snake tong coming in today for use at the ranch we manage, prairie rattlers. Any of you have them, how do they work for you? We relocate the snakes or just move them from out of our way if possible. Our prairie rattles rarely get longer than about 4 ft but we do have a couple of 68 inchers skinned out from years ago.
Loc: N. Dallas/Sulphur Bluff
I have one similar to that one, same length but no lock. It works well and I always wished it had a lock on it. I have used it on rattlers over 5' with no problem, any longer stick makes it difficult to hold up the weight of the larger snakes.
I think tongs will be an advantage when we move the little guys too. We were getting one out of the highway one time and that little 16-18 in" bugger could propel itself off of the hook. It was the most aggressive one we've ever moved.
Unfortunately folks up here like to cut the rattles off and leave the snake alive, makes for some jumpy encounters when they can't buzz to warn you.Those snaKes sometimes get sacrificed.
Loc: Johnson co, TX
If there are enough of them around you need to "relocate" them last years dove loads really work well. Water Moccasins always get the benefit of #8 shot if I see them! I have a snake hook I made out of a 4 inch wide paint roller on a 4 foot extension handle. Took the roller stuff off of it and it works just fine. I will say I quit fooling with them (snakes) a couple years ago. The truth is I don't fear the snakes I just don't like them around my dogs or kids.