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Friday, January 2, 2015

What Happened To The Rattlesnakes?

I hope you can see the snake in the dead grass. Since the weather has been so bad there have been no riding on county roads to find things to take pictures of. I'm not complaining, we appreciate every ounce of moisture we get. This is not a new picture of course. We haven't seen a Rattlesnake in a year or two. The ranch was always noted for Rattlesnakes. John thinks the wild hogs have thinned them out. They have even been seen or killed in the yard of the farm house. When we lived there for fourteen months I kept the yard mowed and trimmed short so we never encountered one in the yard but did see them in other areas. After we moved and the house was rented out we went out one day to find the renter cutting open one of the snakes he said he killed by the front steps. He intended to make a hat band out of the skin. Another renter later said he killed one near the front steps making me think they lived under the house since there was a door to the plumbing under the house near the steps. We miss seeing them. In years past when we would see one crossing the road we would stop and hop out to kill it with whatever we had in the back of the truck. John would cut the rattles off and I would pick them up with a napkin or Kleenex, take them home to put in my collection. When I'm gone my girls will open a long metal box with Rattlesnake rattles in it. What will they do with them? Throw them in the trash, keep them (I doubt it), give them to someone who is artistic? Humm I wonder.

8 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i'm guessing they'll chuckle, shake their heads and throw them out. :)

S. J. Qualls said...

I don't know if someone was pulling my leg or not, but I have heard they are protected here in TN. I haven't seen one in quite some time.

Paula said...

Rattlesnakes may be protected here too now but I don't think so because in the summer they kill them here in town and have their picture with them on the front page.

jack69 said...

The girls will open the box and say this is just like mother! Andthey will divide them!

I wonder if the hog's skin is so thick the poison doesn't reach the blood streams?

John is probably right!
Love from overhere.

TARYTERRE said...

That is some collection you have. Interesting, indeed.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Okay, now I HAVE TO SAY This....

Are you bloody joking me? You really have a collection of rattles? Oh my word, if I were to see a rattlesnake on MY property the home would be up on the market in no time flat. I fear snakes more than I do water above my head.

More power to you...you're so brave.

Linda Kay said...

I'd be throwing them in the trash! Not a fan of any reminder of snakes. I agree with Tex, they will be shaking their heads, wondering about their mama's choice in collections.

Leave It To Davis said...

I wouldn't care if I NEVER saw anothe rattlesnake. I have only seen dead ones Hubby brought home, but I have seen charts where people were bitten by one....and that isn't a pretty picture....I know they eat rodents, but I'd rather have coyotes eat the rodents than snakes. As far as I'm concerned, the only good snake is a dead snake.