Thanks a lot! Right here in Missouri, and I'm going turkey hunting tommorrow....
Actually my best friend and I were turkey hunting about 20 years ago here in Missouri and we were trying to find our way back to camp (= lost). We were stumbling through the woods when my friend says "did you every see one of these things up close" ....as he said that I heard the noise! He was just about to step over a log when it started rattling, WOW! He fired both barrels at the snake and knocked it over on its back. After we cleaned our drawers, I picked up a stick, and as I poked it, it rolled over and struck at the stick...well, let me tell you I'm glad it was a long stick. We finally dispatched the rascal and cut off its rattles. The snake was about 4 foot long and was actually neat to look at...especially since it was DEAD!
It is supposed to be 7'2" / 78lbs not for sure and I wouldn't measure it. [:0] But, I do agree they taste great.  I used a smart [email protected]@ statement once that I use quite offen if you kill it you must use it!
I killed one and I had to cook it for the guys to save face, and it was good!!
For that snake to catch me he would have to be an excellent skier and surfer,..... because the trail I would be leavin would be slick and wet!!!!!!!!
p.s. Lynette you can outrun a bear anywhere except downhill !!!! but if one was chasing me he would have to be like the snake.. If you think fat boys can't run fast you've never seen them being chased by snakes and bears[:0][:0][:0][:0]
Most people just don't understand them. They're really pretty harmless....just keep your distance and show them a little respect. Most reptiles are in serious decline and are protected in alot of the country due to the "only good snake is a dead one" mentality. Most folks don't stop to think about how many rodents that they kill....or the fact that some snakes like the king and the bull will kill venomous ones. And yes, they ARE some good eating!
I've heard that. It seems like the smaller ones are the worst. I can't remember the exact name....maybe a Pacific?.....but the worst rattler is a very small one that inhabits the coastal region of CA. It has a neurotoxic venom, where the other subspecies do not.
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