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Rattle Snakes

I dont see them very often and a man died a couple weeks ago from one. Just wondering if any one actually wears snake boots.

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Most of the bites from

Most of the bites from rattlesnakes come from idiot young men that have watched way to many TV shows.  That and having the bravery factor from too much achohol in their system. 

That being said I have never worn snake boots while in rattlesnake territorty.  I am just aware that they are there and pay attention to where I am walkiing or putting my feet and hands.  Sometimes you have to wonder about some people.  Take the golfer that hits his ball into a bush and then reaches into it with his hands instead of a club.  Sometimes people just don't think and that is the problem. 

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Not so young in this case

Unfortunately, this was just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, not being aware that snake are still out [I wouldn't have guessed that they would have still been out in this particular area because of the recent temps (I fished with my son that same morning about 5 miles from this and it was 38° that morning)]

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Just because it is cooler

Just because it is cooler weather doesn't mean that the snakes can't be out.  I have run across them while hunting in Arizona in Feburary but they are close to their dens.  Here is a picture that was taken around Feburary 10 in Arizona.  Now the rock next to them is their den site but I have seen them quite a ways away from it. 

 

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I was out in d-3 about a

I was out in d-3 about a month ago, and stopped to listen to a movement in the distance. I stood there for about 2 minutes, on top of a pile of dead manzinita, then at my feet I heard a rattlesnake rattle at me. I jumped back, and it slowly went under the branches, rattling off and on for about a minute. It was over 2 feet, and over 1 1/2 inches thick. I think it had been there the whole time. I was wearing Doc Martens. But it didn't strike. Now I look very carefully in the brush!

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I have never worn snake boots

I have never worn snake boots out here, and have seen my fair share of snakes.  I wear about 8-9 inch high boots, and I am just cautious when walking around rocks or areas that are good snake habitat.  Plus, most of your rattlesnake bites out here are in the hands, either from people reaching into rocks while hiking, or idiots trying to pick them up.  As GF posted, that was not the case with this guy, but it is more often than not.

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I have snake boots and rarely

I have snake boots and rarely wear them... They are too much trouble and are too hot!

We should get the zip up or slip on kind so they are easier to put on...

I am in the South and we do have a pretty good snake population down here.

We do also see a lot of bites with several fatalaties each year - but from what I have seen and read, tthe bites are in various locations - legs, feet, arms, etc...

We had two fatal bites that I recall last year and both were older gentlemen...one guy got bit on the leg and eventually suffered a heart attack (coin toss on this one, I guess) and the other one was bitten in the neck and expired - my guess is the snake was coiled up in a palmetto bush - which they often do down here (I was eye to eye with a diamondback in this situatuon once).

Yes an idiot can get bit in a hurry anywhere - but so can fairly careful hunters!!

We have very aggressive water moccasins (called cotton-mouths) down here that will flat out attack you - they are the most feared snake down in these areas.

Man, all this talk about snakes - maybe I will wear the boots next summer after all!

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I don't miss the cotton mouths!

I spent seven years of my young and adventurous live in Goose Creek South Carolina, and then in central Florida during my high school years.  We had cotton mouths in both locations.

During those times, I came in contact with numerous species of snakes (but venomous and non-venomous) and always had a sense of curiosity when I found one. 

I remember having a green tree snake as a pet for a while and one day tried to catch a small lizard to take home to my snake. The lizard went around and under a downed tree and I bent down to look under the log for the lizard and there was a copperhead no more than 10 inches in front of my face.  Luckily I was young and quick and the copperhead wasn't a cotton mouth!  Had it been, I would have been in big trouble!!! 

I have more than my share of run-ins with water moccasins (cotton mouths) and can back you up first hand on the fact that they will attack you!  I've had to run from quite a few!  Those are some nasty, bad-tempered, territorial, aggressive, good-fer-nothin'...well you get the point.  "I do not like them Sam I am"!!! 

 

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Great, great line Gatorfan

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+1 for GF and Jim's comment

+1 for GF and Jim's comment about cotton mouths. They will search for you if they notice you're around. They'll sort of stand up on the water and look for you if they hear you. We've had them chase fishing lures to the creek bank and up the bank when they see us. They're nasty snakes to be around. I'd rather come face to face with a rattle snake than a cotton mouth. Another time, a friend shot one as it tried to enter the boat he was fishing out of on the river.

Wearing snake boots...I wear them in the spring time while turkey hunting because I am going into the prime areas for snakes while under the cover of darkness and usually sitting down beside a tree without shinning a light to see if any snakes are around. I'll have them on this time of year, but rarely any other time of the year.  

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I was out hiking through a

I was out hiking through a pasture recently and almost stepped on a large brownish non-venomous snake (I think).  I caught it just before I stepped on it and did I jump high and back.  Had I stepped on it I am sure I would have screamed like a little girl.  As soon as my senses caught up to my reaction I just watched it slither off.  I am not afraid of snakes and actually like them, but I also respect that some are poisonous and I am not about to step on one if I can help it.

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