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Snake Infestation - Alert #2529830 08/24/11 04:48 PM
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I get these alerts form the County Sheriff's Dept.
I don't know if the amount is correct about treating a snake bite at 50,000 to 100,000 dollars per occurence but snake boots are looking pretty cheap at $100 per pair right now.

Wise Eyes Alert
Snake Infestation

The following information, in part, is from a news release at WOAI in San Antonio and applies throughout the drought area:

Major snake infestation expected in Texas this month
Jim Forsyth


Snake experts tell 1200 WOAI news that late August and September will see an explosion of snakes in back yards, as the critters start slithering out looking for something to eat.



“They’re very hungry right now,” central Texas snake expert Jerry Cates tells 1200 WOAI news, in a statement which is creepy on its surface. “The hungrier they get, the more they start ranging the fields looking for food.” He says that’s why we can expect snakes to show up in places where they are seldom seen.



He says the three most common types of poisonous snakes in Texas are the common rattlesnake, the Texas coral snake, and the cottonmouth, which is relatively rare.



The rattlesnake has the distinctive rattle at the end of the snake, but Cates cautions that the snake doesn’t always rattle the rattler, so if you don’t hear the tell-tale sound, don’t think it’s not a dangerous rattlesnake.



If it is a colorful, banded coral snake, Cates says the Boy Scout nursery rhyme really does tell you whether the snake is dangerous or not. “Red touch yellow, kill a fellow. Red touch black, venom lack. That is probably the best way to remember that.”



He says snakes will almost always retreat when confronted by humans, and he says many people are startled by how fast snakes can travel.



If the worst happens, and you get snake bit, Cates says get to the doctor as quickly as possible. He says snake bites are actually less painful than a sting from a scorpion or a wasp, and he says the victim may not experience the effects of the venom right away, but, as anybody who has seen movies ranging from ‘Lonesome Dove’ to ‘True Grit’ can attest, snake bites are nothing to mess with.



He says the venom will begin kicking in a few hours, and frequently leads to paralysis, respiratory failure, and can be fatal. And he says a snake bite will drain your wallet as well.



“If you are bitten by a venomous snake, you and your insurance provider together are going to spend between $50,000 and $150,000 in medical bills,” he said.



Cates says as we approach mid August and get into September, we should be aware of the fact that snakes are likely to pop up in all sorts of places. He says you should put the flip-flops aside, and wear leather shoes or boots whenever you are walking in or around tall grass brush, or while you are doing gardening work or lawn mowing.



He warns that even if rains do come to the region, the snake infestation is inevitable. He says the snakes are ranging looking for their favorite prey, which is rodents, and a couple of rains won’t suddenly produce a crop of rodents for the snakes to eat.







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50-150? That's more expensive than a heart attack/angiogram/and a stent.


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The price on snake bite treatment is pretty much right on. Had a client who got bitten and had to be airlifted to San Antonio. Cost him $70,000. Rattlesnake are having babies right now. We just had 7 new arrivals in our enclosure. Dove hunters need to be very vigilant about baby rattlers during dove season. The young rattlers have only a button are unable to rattle, but they are just a venomous as the adults. Since they have no control over how much venom they give you, unlike the adults who can control it, you know you got the full dose should you get bitten by a baby rattler. I never ever go out in the brush and field without my boots on. And don't ever reach into a hole of any kind without looking first.



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Coral.... Red and yellow kill a fellow. Red and black friend of jack. Seems easier to remember.

My boots will be on this season.





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Originally Posted By: MikeBillington
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And don't ever reach into a hole of any kind without looking first.



I'm not even going to TOUCH that one !

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Love to get uplifting news like this... Don't know if I can bear wearing snake chaps in 100 degree Sept heat while dove hunting.



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d you don't have to wear the high snake chaps, just good hunting boots. Those little rattlers can't strike too high and their fangs are too weak to penetrate the leather. We have never gone dove hunting without seing at least one or two baby rattlers. We just keep both eyes open for them. eeks333 elmer



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Originally Posted By: CoyoteOn2
Originally Posted By: MikeBillington
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And don't ever reach into a hole of any kind without looking first.



I'm not even going to TOUCH that one !

lmao


Glad someone's having fun with this. rofl



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Originally Posted By: CoyoteOn2
[quote=MikeBillington].

And don't ever reach into a hole of any kind without looking first.



Somtimes it might be better that way.


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That's what she said... LOL

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And don't ever reach into a hole of any kind without looking first.



I'm not even going to TOUCH that one !

lmao


Glad someone's having fun with this. rofl



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they didnt even mention copper heads....



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Originally Posted By: Brandon A
they didnt even mention copper heads....


Yeah, hard to believe corals are more common than copperheads. That's not been my experience...


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When i opened this thread i was hoping to see a whole mess a snakes.



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Me too...


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I agree... We need pictures.



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Its hard to believe that Corals are more common than copperheads and even cotton mouth, but my google skills cannot disprove this, thus I am amazed that once again the THF has learned me something



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They are not corals are one of the rarest poisonous snakes in Texas because of dwindling numbers and their reclusive nature, that being said IF you get venom delivery from a bite it can be very serious as it is a Neurotoxin. Although it is hard to get venom delivery from them as they have a very small mouth and smaller teeth so they have to chew on small fingers to get delivery, in addition most coral snakes I have seen where very very docile snakes so its more rare to be bitten by one.

I would say copperheads are probably just as prevalent if not more than rattlesnakes and that is saying alot because Texas has somewhere in the neighborhood 12-15 sub species of rattlesnakes.

Bites from copperheads are probably one of the most common and least dangerous as there venom is not as toxic as other poisonous snakes.

That being said here are some statistics
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About 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. annually.
Only 0.2% (1 out of 500) venomous snake bites result in death
On average, 1 to 2 people in Texas die each year from venomous snake bites in Texas.
Roughly half of all venomous snake bites are "dry." That is, the snake does not inject venom into the victim



I would be more concerned about children and pets at home than in the field personally. Because most guys are looking for snakes in the field anyways and are aware of their surroundings. Educate your children and warn them while they are playing to keep an eye out for snakes this year and not to touch them regardless if it is poisonous or not.




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I've seen, and held, Texas coral snakes on FOUR different occasions. Two of those times was in Sam Houston Natl. Forest. In the forest, I seem to walk up on them sunning themselves on the trail.

I also found one in my yard. I was mowing, and saw something out of the corner of my eye darting away from the mower. I stopped, and looked and it was a coral snake! In the middle of the city no less. It was very docile. I put on a set of welding gloves and let it crawl onto my hands. This snake wanted nothing more than to find cover or concealment.

The only other snake I have seen more often than corals is banded water snakes. Those things are everywhere. I've only seen 1 copperhead. That's it for venomous snakes. 4 corals & 1 copperhead. The copperhead was in the street in front of my house. I actually got out of the car to get a closer look and was less than a foot away checking it out.



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I hate snakes.....



On our lease in Brown/Commanche County we have more Copperheads than anything else.



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clearly it depends on what part of the state you live in. I have never seen a coral nor a rattle snake in the wild, but I see at least 2 or 3 copper heads and 5-7 water moccasins (Cottonmouth) per year.


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FYI I hate snakes up



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I think snakes are great!

Copperheads seem to be a bit of a problem in De Leon / Gorman.

Those guys have a bad attitude. I have to eliminate them when they get too close to the living areas.


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Originally Posted By: Kawabuggy
I've seen, and held, Texas coral snakes on FOUR different occasions. Two of those times was in Sam Houston Natl. Forest. In the forest, I seem to walk up on them sunning themselves on the trail.

I also found one in my yard. I was mowing, and saw something out of the corner of my eye darting away from the mower. I stopped, and looked and it was a coral snake! In the middle of the city no less. It was very docile. I put on a set of welding gloves and let it crawl onto my hands. This snake wanted nothing more than to find cover or concealment.

The only other snake I have seen more often than corals is banded water snakes. Those things are everywhere. I've only seen 1 copperhead. That's it for venomous snakes. 4 corals & 1 copperhead. The copperhead was in the street in front of my house. I actually got out of the car to get a closer look and was less than a foot away checking it out.


Wow. I've personally caught several copperheads. I put one in a 5 gallon waterjug and kept him a day or two. i turned him loose on a dirt road where he probably wouldnt get ran over. I have yet to see a rattlesnake in the wild, with the exception of 1 in california while training. it was about 8 inches and greenish gray.


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That's probably correct these days since common sense is non-existant. Lord have mercy.



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The big problem is hungry snakes are aggressive snakes. If they are as ornery as they are when they come out the dens in the spring then watch out.



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