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Chainfire 08-12-2011 10:42 PM

M-91 and damn big snake
 
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Put out some food for the stray cats today, shook the food in the bowl and got a response from about 18" away from my hand. This is about as big as an Eastern Diamondback gets. (I am washing my pants now):)

5'2" from end of rattles to remains of head. 13 rattles and a button.

c3shooter 08-12-2011 10:43 PM

Anytime you have a snake longer than a Moisin-Nagant, you are entitled to say it IS a damned big snake! :eek:

Shihan 08-12-2011 11:11 PM

What did you go and kill it for? Did ya eat it? Skin it to make some grips?

Nice Mosin, I like it.

Sniper03 08-12-2011 11:14 PM

Chainfire,

Nice rifle and for sure a big rattler. Western Diamondback I presume!
Texas or where?

03

canebrake 08-12-2011 11:31 PM

Nice, I see about a dozen grips layin' next to your Nagant.

Chainfire 08-12-2011 11:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Sniper03 (Post 561803)
Chainfire,

Nice rifle and for sure a big rattler. Western Diamondback I presume!
Texas or where?

03

No sir, that is an Eastern Diamondback. It met its end in North Florida.
The experts will tell you they don't get that big.

Chainfire 08-13-2011 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Shihan (Post 561796)
What did you go and kill it for? Did ya eat it? Skin it to make some grips?

Nice Mosin, I like it.

Thanks for the Mosin compliment. That one is my favorite.

Why did I kill it?

I have been bitten by a pit viper, 200 feet away from where that one died. That bite was the most unpleasant experience of my life. I have had three dogs bitten by rattlesnakes. These snakes are territorial. I walk to my car before daylight every morning. When they show up in my yard, and I see them, I kill them. This one threatened me first, we had a gunfight, he showed up with fangs; he lost.

I know they are good for the environment. Just not my environment.

CA357 08-13-2011 12:03 AM

"Never bring fangs to a gunfight."

JonM 08-13-2011 12:11 AM

they are supposedly very good to eat if you can get past the rank snake smell skinning and cleaning them.

Txhillbilly 08-13-2011 12:12 AM

Chainfire,Your a little wrong.
The Eastern Diamondback can grow well over 8ft in length.I've seen captive ones almost 10ft.
The Western Diamondback is quite smaller in size,a big one will go around 6ft.

I catch them all the time on the gas/oil wells that I work on.


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