Living in Fl, on 5 acres .....I HAVE seen plenty of rattle
snakes...Diamond backs, and cane breaks (subspeicies of timbers) , and
My general rule of thumb is...if they are up front where thePeople,
dogs and cats are......they meet their maker at the end of a spade.
Note, this is only snakes that are positively ID-ed as baddies.
If I see them out back in the pastures, I just leave them be.
We have had several goats killed by run ins with moccasins at the
pond, 2 of the dogs have been face bitten.and survived just
fine.......a shot of antibiotics and they are good as new in short
We get a pile of small cane breaks showing up at alternate times of
the year....they have no rattles yet.....but will coil, and strike
immediately.....they dont hold back like the adults do.
I almost trod on a 6' diamond back out in the back 3 acres, I was
heading out to do something, and my eyes werent on the ground....this
ol bouy was evidently heading to the pond to get a drink.....and gave
me a warning rattle...I bet it was comical to see, cause I stopped in
mid step, one foot in the air....saw what was 3; in front of
me.......and eased out, exit, stage left very very slowly. Point is,
he coulda had me if he wanted.the baby snakes have no experience, and
will whack ya immediately.
If its in yur screen room....use the spade...life will go on.....they
arent endangered here