Even heard of the 7 P's?
Ever do any risk / reward ... cost / benefit analysis?
imo the potential cost for a bumbling rookie to handle a poisonous
snake? vs the benefit?
If you live in snake country and knew nothing about snakes maybe an
alternative plan was in order?
Next crisis? Brush fire? Got a fire plan? Equipment? Knowledge?
On Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:17:01 -0700, DD_BobK wrote:
That's why I was clearing out and chipping the brush within 100 feet
of the house. It's all part of the fire safe plan (which you have in
your area also).
And, it's why I keep bolt cutters handy (to cut the chains on the fire
access roads), and fire extinguishers in handy locations.
And, why we all have wharf hydrants, by code, on our properties, since
we're all on well water.
And, why the town drops off those blue reflector things for us to
put in the driveway or roadway for the fire department to locate
And, why the kids and grandkids know to assemble at the pool if/when
there is a fire.
What else would you suggest?
That wouldn't be a bad idea because we're in the highest fire hazard zone
I did toy with the idea of buying a pump for spraying the house from the
pool, but then I realized it would be about a thousand bucks in toto, and
would likely not be used because if the fire gets that close, I'm outta'
Plus, the fire department is only about 25 miles away, yet they still
made us pay that extra fire tax which isn't called a tax. It's called a
fee. So that way they could get around the laws that make voting in
California on tax raises harder. With a fee, it was easy because they
told everyone they wouldn't be paying that "fee" so everyone voted since
they want everyone else to pay their fee. I'm still burning up over it.
It would scare the daylights out of any kid!
Turns out, two of my neighbors spent time in the hospital
recently due to snake bites, both reputedly from Northern
Pacific Rattlers (which are apparently the only rattler
that frequents these hills).
I spoke to both by phone this week because they had
written back on our neighborhood alias that the snake
was the same species that bit them.
So, within two miles of my house, two people in the
past four years have been bitten by rattlers; and
that's just the ones who responded within the
Wow. It's more prevalent than I had thought.
Always a lesson to be learned.
PS: Maybe I flushed him out when I cleaned up all
the animal dens when I cleared out the brush just
fifty feet away from where he was found?
Apparently the Northern Pacific rattler is an ambush
predator, where the young predate on lizards while the
adults enjoy the mammals and quail (of which I have
plenty of bunnies, rats/mice, and assorted gophers
for them to dine upon).
On Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:12:42 +0000, Danny D wrote:
Here's a better description based only on the photo:
Andrew Gluesenkamp, Ph.D.
You can tell that it is a rattler (Northern Pacific rattlesnake)
by the head shape ("chunky" with steep vertical surfaces);dark/light
band through the eye; stout body; pronounced, keeled scales that
are not shiny; and dorsal color pattern made up of dark-margined
blotches on a lighter background. These snakes are essentially
sit-and-wait predators that seek out good places to ambush prey
(fallen trees, rock ledges, walls, etc).
I think my little baby northern pacific rattlesnake was only
interested in getting away from me. Sort of like what Bob is
always trying to do! :)
BTW, here's another article on relocation; this one doesn't
paint such a bright prospect, but, I think most people think
of relocation as greater than 500 yards.
I know. They add buttons when they molt, which can be multiple times per
year; and, more importantly, they lose 'em from time to time.
Anyway, it wasn't all that big.
I didn't bother to measure it, but let's say it was only about 15 inches
to 20-something inches, and only about an inch thick or so (again, I
didn't even attempt to measure it).
I've seen muuuuch larger ones out here; so, I still *think* it was young;
but I really have no clue so I probably shouldn't have called it a 'baby'.
Juvenile might be more appropriate - or - a skinny short adult. :)
Let's hope it doesn't remember from whence it came!
As Oren says, at least in California, where even every
tree is a protected species if it's greater than a foot
in diameter at chest level, Rattlesnakes aren't protected.
I see a rattler every week or so.
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