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Old 07-07-2013, 01:18 AM   #21
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There is no shortage of snakes!! If you are going to have guest or kids on the farm, then kill the suckers whenever you see them. I only kill the venomous kind. Get a good pair of boots, plus some snake chaps that fit up to at least the knees. Carry a pistol with snake shot.
I live/hunt in rattlesnake central,and have done so since I was a child. I also deal with them everyday in the oilfield. I have never had any fear of venomous snakes,and rarely will they ever want to bite a human unless they are being messed with.
It's just as easy to catch and relocate them than it is to kill an animal that serves a very good service keeping rodent populations in check.

If you take away their food source and hiding spots ( Brush,undergrowth/Wood piles/Trash piles/etc) the snakes will move on to better area's.

I'm not trying to sound like a snake lover,but more people get bit/killed by man's best friend every year than by snakes. If you find a snake and leave it alone,it will vacate the area pretty fast.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:50 AM   #22
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Missouribound I am quite aware of what snakes are in my area. I'm talking about rattlesnakes which when I last checked are quite venomous.
OK....you told me.........
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There is no shortage of snakes!! If you are going to have guest or kids on the farm, then kill the suckers whenever you see them. I only kill the venomous kind. Get a good pair of boots, plus some snake chaps that fit up to at least the knees. Carry a pistol with snake shot.
Yep, snake hunting is my pastime when I visit my daughter in Az. and I wear boots and leather chaps and led by the best snake hunting guide in the area, her dog.
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I guess none of you have heard of Mojave Greens. They are aggressive.
In Oklahoma?
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I plan on obeying rule 1 at all times. However apparently the fu%&ERS can get in trees now! My cousin was almost bit when sitting under an oak. I just want to be as prepared as possible while working on the farm. I'm not some snake hunter. I hate snakes. I just want to protect myself as best as possible.[/QUOTE

Very few snakes are venomous. And most will do just about anything to avoid you. The snakes that can climb trees are not venomous. Rat snakes, often called black snakes are good tree climbers, they rob bird nests but they are also very valuable on a farm since they can control mice and rat populations. Snakes are very beneficial. If you hate snakes you have an irrational fear. It's unlikely your cousin was "almost bit". Research the snakes in your area, you will find that 99% are harmless.
one thing... water mocassin can and do climb into trees and are very venomous. venom bearing has no relation to tree climbing. spend anytime fishing the rivers in the south and you will see a mocassin in a tree or have one fall into your boat.

nothing short of plate steel will stop a big snake from biting through your clothing or footwear. i grew up in south texas running around in rattlesnake infested territory wearing sneakers and shorts. watching where your going and paying attention to what your doing and not kicking over logs or sticking your hands under things will do more for keeping you bite free than any amount of specialized clothing that will prolly not work anyway.
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In the United States 12 people a year die from snake bites. Most of these deaths occur in Florida and Texas. You can check individual deaths for the past 80 years. Oklahoma does not make the list.
As stated most bites occur when someone is playing with "Rattlers". I expect you are more likely to get Poison Oak on your private parts.

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As a wildlife biology major dealing mostly with herpetology I can't stand when people say to just kill every slithery thing they see. Ignorance is bliss I guess. Keep your range cleaned and cleared of any hiding spots for snakes and/or their prey and you won't have a problem. There are over 120 species of snakes in North America. Of those 120, only 20 are venomous and only 4 of those 20 are what are described as "deadly" to a healthy full-grown man. Learn to identify all of the venomous species in your area. Most harmless snakes are killed negligently due to being an "evil" legless creature. Snakes are a great thing to have around a farm. The best mousers and ratters on the planet.

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I absolutely will be keeping the area trimmed and mowed where I can. Unfortunately I thought I was going to have a place separate from the field itself to shoot, but there's no reasonable room for rifles. Now on the main field itself after harvest I'll have half a mile to the next property with some natural hills and valleys as backstops. So I may only get to shoot rifles between July and January.

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