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Old 06-14-2018, 11:18 AM
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I had to dispatch a rattler a couple days ago. Way too close to the house/dogs/livestock for my comfort.

Relocated a big-ass Bull snake, too. He didn't seem to appreciate it.
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Old 06-14-2018, 11:58 AM
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Red touching yellow, kill a fellow?
Red on black, a friend to Jack.
Sure, but what if your name is Bill? Huh?
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:16 PM
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I had to dispatch a rattler a couple days ago. Way too close to the house/dogs/livestock for my comfort.

Relocated a big-ass Bull snake, too. He didn't seem to appreciate it.

Speaking of rattlers - how's Dixie doing?
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:30 PM
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Yeah, same here. If I ever encountered a rattler, my curiosity would likely override my fear.
I see them fairly regularly while roaming around the mountains near my home. Saw this young guy just this past weekend. He crossed the trail just a couple feet in front of me and coiled up in this bush.

My dog sometimes goes with my wife to the farm she manages. Since it's in the foothills, rattlers are not infrequently seen there. Because of that, all the dogs that spend time there go through periodic rattlesnake training. It's some freaky shit. A guy rolls up in a car full of rattlesnakes with little tiny muzzles. The snakes get distributed around the practice area and the dogs are led through. If a dog gets curious about a snake, and they all do 'cause dogs gotta dog, they get an electric shock. By the end of the session, they give even the scent of a snake a wiiiiiiiide berth.

I normally don't condone shock training, but in a life or death case like this, I can let it slide.

http://www.snakesafedog.com/our-process.html
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Old 06-14-2018, 01:09 PM
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Red on black, a friend to Jack.
Sure, but what if your name is Bill? Huh?
Yeah we tried that, but couldn't remember the rhyme exactly.
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Old 06-14-2018, 01:24 PM
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I didn't even know those lived in Florida, much less in my work's parking lot.
Actually it's literally the only state where you can find one most anywhere in the state. Not that you'll run across them commonly, since they tend to stay under cover most of the time and are typically pretty shy. You got very lucky .

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Old 06-14-2018, 01:56 PM
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That's what I love about being a northern girl. Cold winters seem to discourage creatures that sting and bite and tear and rend human flesh.
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:16 PM
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Actually it's literally the only state where you can find one most anywhere in the state. Not that you'll run across them commonly, since they tend to stay under cover most of the time and are typically pretty shy. You got very lucky .
First I've seen in almost 3 years
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:24 PM
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Yeah we tried that, but couldn't remember the rhyme exactly.
Here we go:

Red Touch Yellow - Kills a Fellow
Red Touch Black - Venom Lack
Yellow Touches Red - Soon You'll Be Dead
Red Touches Black - Friend of Jack

I *think* corals have black heads, their imitators do not? (Don't trust me on this).
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:04 PM
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Here we go:

Red Touch Yellow - Kills a Fellow
Red Touch Black - Venom Lack
Yellow Touches Red - Soon You'll Be Dead
Red Touches Black - Friend of Jack.
I repeat this whenever this topic comes up, but just as a reminder for casual lurkers - never use this mnemonic outside of the United States. It works HERE, but there are dozens of species of coral snakes in the Americas and as many or more mimics. Many of them violate those rules.
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:14 PM
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I told her to take the dog tot he emergency vet, but start him on benedryl first, so her airway hopefully wouldn't close up. She said, "yeah, she's having trouble breathing". YOU DON"T CALL YOUR NEIGHBOR WHEN YOUR DOG IS STRUGGLING TO BREATHE!!!
Actually thinking about this, she may have done the right thing calling you. She clearly didn't know what to do and it could be you saved that dog's life if that benadryl actively helped.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:54 PM
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Here we go:

Red Touch Yellow - Kills a Fellow
Red Touch Black - Venom Lack
Yellow Touches Red - Soon You'll Be Dead
Red Touches Black - Friend of Jack

I *think* corals have black heads, their imitators do not? (Don't trust me on this).
The last part is something I read online when doing the research on if it was a coral or not. It confirmed what you said here. The snake definitely had a black head.
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:01 PM
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Speaking of rattlers - how's Dixie doing?
She's pretty much back to 100%. Thanks for the inquiry! She does have a little scar on her snout where the worst of the bites took place (Had at least 3 punctures). Looks a lot like the coyote bite scare, and it slowly faded. It's a grey patch, and she's getting older and getting a little grey there anyway. Unless you're me, I don't think anybody would notice.

They are back there barking at me as I type this. It's "Dog O'clock". But its so damn hot and windy. Oh well. Gotta do what a dog owner gotta do. Out to the Jeep......
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:31 PM
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My neighbor's dog continues to improve. They opted not to do antivenin, which is understandable on a 10 year old Great Pyr. The vet gave her antibiotics, steroids and pain meds.

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Old 06-15-2018, 02:14 PM
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Thanks for the updates! I'm glad to hear good reports on them, both.

St G - I wouldn't have thought a rattlesnake bite could be treated just by managing the symptoms. I suppose the steroids were a big help. I'll definitely remember that early benedryl can be helpful, so thanks for that tip!
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:45 AM
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Snake encounter could be worse.
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:17 PM
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Yeeks! I guess the notion that mega snakes aren't able to swallow humans whole has been thoroughly debunked.
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