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I came across this guy when I was painting the deck in front of the barn. He did not make it to the garden, but it was still thrilling.

-- Todd & Jan @ winecountrywhimsy - Sonoma County, CA



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Iris43

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posted 07-13-2009 07:12 PM

Yikes!! Thrilling- – - not in my garden!! Do you see these often?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-13-2009 08:01 PM

thrilling?? interesting choice of words.

a friend of a friend has a cottage “up north” and in the spring she was painting their deck blue.. a sweep of the brush and she looked down and she had painted the back of a rattler…

no thanks.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

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posted 07-13-2009 08:41 PM

Ohhhhhhhhh, thrilling isn’t the word I would have chosen – LOL!!!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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mtkate

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posted 07-13-2009 09:10 PM

Another reason to stick with zone 4 ;)

-- Zone 4a or 4b... depending on where you are standing!

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Rustic

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posted 07-13-2009 09:24 PM

You can keep him in that bucket. I do’t do rattlers

-- Rick Kruse Kentwood, MI zone 5b

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jroot

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posted 07-13-2009 09:47 PM

My wife would have moved by now. Sold the house, and moved. I might not even be able to catch her through the dust. LOL

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Bon

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posted 07-14-2009 06:58 AM

I’d be right behind your wife Jroot. (lol) I would be terrified to even do gardening around there.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Cynthia

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posted 07-14-2009 08:15 AM

Glad to see your projects and your snake in a bucket! Used to come across them on bike rides in the park near our house in Texas. They were only babies-about 8 inches long-but still nasty! Do you see larger ones? Do they tend to avoid people in your neighborhood? Any scorpions? Keep in touch with us. You must have lots to keep busy on your property. Any rain?

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whitedog

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posted 07-14-2009 12:11 PM

my in-laws have rattle snakes on there property and they never have bothered me , in fact i’m one of those idiots that like to play around with them. but something that got my attention last time i was there , a neighbor of theirs had been bitten and it cost $20,000. for the hospital stay. now i won’t play with them before they die.

-- Paul , Ca.

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winecountrywhimsy

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posted 07-14-2009 12:23 PM

I saw a show on TV the other day that said the most common people bitten by rattlesnakes are teenage boys that play with the snakes. Most get bitten when they think the snake is dead. The Dr. said if you want to know what it feels like to get bit in the finger by a rattlesnake, just put your hand on the table and whack your finger with a hammer. That does not sound fun. This snake was over 3 ft. long. That is a plastic party bucket that is holding him. The Northwest Pacific Rattlesnake does not normally grow longer than 36 in. but there are reported cases of them up to 5 ft.

-- Todd & Jan @ winecountrywhimsy - Sonoma County, CA

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mario1360

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posted 07-14-2009 01:08 PM

wow, rattlers, scorpions, how needs that????

I freak if i see amouse run across the yard!!!!!!!!!

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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GrandmaT

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posted 07-14-2009 06:46 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! jroot … I’m with your wife on that one; my problem is I “think” we are planning on moving to “snake, scorpion country’. My boys LOVE kidding me about that aspect of Arizona …. YIKES …. hmmmmmm …. how much do I MISS those grandbabies?!!!?? ;-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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jroot

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posted 07-14-2009 09:00 PM

snakes, I can handle. Scorpions – I am not so sure. Better you than me.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Cynthia

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posted 07-15-2009 06:13 PM

GranT: If you want the love, you have to go where it’s warm…Just don’t wrestle with snakes and you’ll learn to put a radio on loud before you go to the garden to dig and to weed! Lived in Texas for a little more than 2 years and never got bit or stung except by fire-ants. Even the dogs learned to stay away from them. For the longest time, after we returned to Canada, Boo Boo would tippy-toe away from Can. ants til she learned they weren’t fire ants! Was comical to see! Like on the cartoons! Hot places to live are the best! And the tropical plants you can grow are great! Hurrah for puny winters in hot places too! I miss them!

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 07-17-2009 10:39 AM

I’d rather deal with my brown recluse than a rattle snake.. Scorpions, not so bad.. Just get a UV light and go night hunting.. ;)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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GartenGrl

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posted 07-19-2009 10:01 AM

I just think it’s a shame…these are endangered species…you couldn’t just have moved it or something? Why do people always have to kill everything?

-- --GartenGrl--visit me at http://www.gartengrl.blogspot.com

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 07-19-2009 05:40 PM

From the looks of it, it’s a Mojave.. Mojave and Western Diamondback’s are not on the endangered list.

Regardless, it’s human nature.. Personally, I kill every brown recluse I come by without a second thought. Been bit once.. A year later, it still hasn’t healed right and from time to time gets soft.

Now.. Browns are nothing.. People over react to those big time.. Rattlesnakes on the other hand, if you’re bit you’re lucky NOT to loose a hand or a foot over it.

At any rate. It’s not on the list.

Question comes to mind though…. Does it taste like chicken? ;)

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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jroot

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posted 07-19-2009 08:16 PM

...so I’m told.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 07-19-2009 08:59 PM

Ditto… Never had it myself though.. Never ate squirrel or coon though either.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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mtkate

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posted 07-20-2009 07:33 PM

I ate a rattlesnake burger once. Either in Las Vegas or Dallas. Don’t think it had a chicken taste, but it definitely was not beefy! All I know – was I decided I would never eat one again. Same with horse meat. I love horses too much.

-- Zone 4a or 4b... depending on where you are standing!

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jroot

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posted 07-20-2009 08:14 PM

Good one, mtkate! I don’t think that I could force myself to try rattlesnake burger. I definitely know that my wife wouldn’t.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 07-20-2009 08:33 PM

Horse meat? ~hork~

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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winecountrywhimsy

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posted 07-21-2009 01:17 AM

GartenGirl -

This was a Pacific Northwest Rattlesnake and it is not an endangered spicies. I wish it would have not ever come up around our barn and that I never had to deal with it, but did not play out that way. I like snakes, they eat the mice and rats that are always a pain for us. When I found him under the deck, I tried to get him to leave several times by banging on the deck, moving a stick under the deck, and even with a garden hose, but he refused to move along. When I found him in the open and I had my two dogs with me, I was done giving him chances to move along on his own. My dogs and the health of my family are far more important to me than a snake. Sorry you don’t agree.

-- Todd & Jan @ winecountrywhimsy - Sonoma County, CA

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mtkate

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posted 07-21-2009 07:41 PM

~hork~ is right on that horse meat. Unfortunately, it was served to me and I did not know what I was biting into. Psychologically disturbing, to say the least.

winecountrywhimsy – I know what you mean. We had a bad porcupine incident several years back. One dog ended up in emergency to get a spline out from near his eye – almost blinded. Both dogs were full of spikes. It was horrible. We are not allowed to kill porcupines, but if it came between that animal and my faithful loved ones I know what my choice would be if it came to push or shove.

-- Zone 4a or 4b... depending on where you are standing!

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Trumpetvine

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posted 05-16-2013 09:11 PM

Not trying to be harsh, but have you ever seen the horrendous suffering that comes from a rattlesnake bite? I have & believe me, if you’d experienced it, you would be ready to kill any rattlesnake you saw. We live in Texas & there are plenty of those horrible slithering demons in our part of the world. Our dog was bitten & we got him to a vet as quickly as we could. The vet gave him anti venom about 5 in the afternoon. He assured us that he thought the dog would be in pain, but would survive. WRONG! He suffered until after midnight before he died in my brothers arms. A cousin was bitten on the leg by a rattlesnake in the spring. A day later she had a massive heart attack. The Dr said it was brought on by the snake bite. She did not die then, but suffered one thing after another for almost a year before she died. The Dr said all of her health problems came on because of the snake bite. Sorry if I can’t get upset over a dead rattler…..........most of us in TX believe the only good rattler is a dead rattler.

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