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post #11 of 56 (permalink) Old 08-09-2018, 02:56 PM
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I see one rattlesnake every fifty years or so... So far, two is the count; one when I was 14/15 the other when I was 68 been in sneakers both times....not much protection... but I run faster
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post #12 of 56 (permalink) Old 08-09-2018, 03:27 PM
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Knock on wood, never seen a live venomous snake in PA. Saw a few rattlers run over on the road, but never alive. I'm sure I've walked by them none the wiser.
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post #13 of 56 (permalink) Old 08-09-2018, 03:33 PM
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one or two rattlers a year, when I ride my bike on the D&L rail trail. See more black snakes usually.

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post #14 of 56 (permalink) Old 08-09-2018, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Now when I visit relatives in Texas, Ark, and Oklahoma I have seen Cottonmouths.
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post #15 of 56 (permalink) Old 08-09-2018, 05:10 PM
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I have seen a fair number of rattlers in NC PA, and I never hunt them. I've seen them in northern Centre, in Clinton, Potter and Tioga.

And I've seen two in Blair County, which I consider mid-state PA, not NC PA.

I've never seen a rattler in any other part of PA.

And I've never seen a cottonmouth.

I've been "buzzed" by rattlers 3 times. Twice in PA and once in eastern Oregon.

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post #16 of 56 (permalink) Old 08-09-2018, 07:36 PM
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I haven't seen any snakes period while picking black raspberries 2-3 days a week for the last 2 month's span picking berries on a farm we hunt. I am aware bear's could be close by. I never encounter a bear but i know they love black berries. I can get a gallon pale full of berries in just 30 minutes in an area i call my honey hole. They are the size of a nickle. I do wear irish setters snake boots. When i see a black raspberries close to the ground, sure snake's come to my mind. I usually stand there start from the top an work my way down, by that time if any snakes around my feet they would had time to go else where, it's safe to put my hands down there to pick them big nickle size raspberries.



I do wonder how many snakes i do walk close by and never knew they were there walking thru tall grass no taller than to my knees picking these berries. I have a nice worn down path now, makes it more comfortable now to go picking. I have encounter garter snakes in archery season. I do check my boots when i get to the truck, take them off see if any 2 fang holes in them lol. I don't see any.
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My advice would be don’t bet on a snake moving because you are standing there. Their first defense is their camouflage. Too many stories of people getting hit by putting their hands in places they cannot see.
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Snakes are venomous not poisonous. I see a lot of them but I'm also looking for them.

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64 years old. I have seen 1 rattler and that was while scouting on pa game lands. Copperheads probably a couple of dozen over the years. One of my old fishing spots was known for frequent copperhead sightings. It's quite a hike off of an access point and I have not been there for 7 or 8 years.

Only rattler's I have seen lately have been road sightings and that is usually only 1 a year.

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post #19 of 56 (permalink) Old 08-10-2018, 01:18 AM
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Well, I seen quite a few. Being from NEPA and hunting rocky areas, I usually run into them in turkey season mostly. Saw a few rattlers in early archery. After being the victim of a water moccasin bite in Camp Lejeune, I grew quite a phobia til I kinda beat it over the last few years. If you ever been to Camp Lejeune, you know its full of copperheads, and gigantic baseball headed water moccasins. I can be around them now without killing them. I moved a few rattlers in the last year or so, but its nerve racking and makes my bad blood pressure worse. In early archery, I sneak around and I am careful where I step, because I don't trust my muckers.
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Well, I seen quite a few. Being from NEPA and hunting rocky areas, I usually run into them in turkey season mostly. Saw a few rattlers in early archery. After being the victim of a water moccasin bite in Camp Lejeune, I grew quite a phobia til I kinda beat it over the last few years. If you ever been to Camp Lejeune, you know its full of copperheads, and gigantic baseball headed water moccasins. I can be around them now without killing them. I moved a few rattlers in the last year or so, but its nerve racking and makes my bad blood pressure worse. In early archery, I sneak around and I am careful where I step, because I don't trust my muckers.
I hear 'ya with the copperheads at LeJeune. I was at Camp Geiger when we had our first night compass march and they were everywhere. We were not permitted to kill them and some guys got into trouble for popping them with blanks.

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