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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-26-2012, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Lawn Mowing / Snake

I did something really stupid Saturday.
Took a ride up to the the cabin to check it out and decided to mow some grass.
It hadn't been mowed yet so it's a field. About twenty minutes in with a push mower raised real high so the grass doesn't choke it out I see a rather thick snake under the front wheel. I'm in sneakers and a shorts when I see the rattle. Never saw the head but it was a rattler, I'm guessing it was 30-36" long from what I saw of it.
Never hit it with the blade, it went one way - I went the other (and put the mower away). No more push mowers for me at the cabin.

I was really lucky by not getting wacked by him or one of his buddies by being dumb - shorts and sneakers in 2' high grass. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-26-2012, 01:22 AM
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Re: Lawn Mowing / Snake

When I was a kid they were routinely killed on sight, but your mowing story brings back a good memory of my elderly neighbor, a lifelong farmer in the Northern Tier of Pa. He would watch me mowing hay from his front porch when I was a youngster. When I would spot a snake I would stop the tractor, run and get a gun, and return to hunt the snake, usually long gone by then. One day he stopped me as I left the field and said " Boy, when you see the snake just bust your throttle open and grab a gear, that sickle bar will do him in as good as any gun " After that, many many snakes met their doom with my hay mowing skills ! ( It was a different day and age, I fully understand now why they are protected, but they still give me the creeps ! )

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2005 my son and were helping out a guy bale hay,when i threw a bale back to my son and he was no longer on the trailer.
asked why he fell off and to get back up on the trailer,his response was not until i get the snake off of there first.
turned out it was a nice sized rattler we had baled up.
thanks son for giving me a heads up to the snake.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-28-2012, 10:13 PM
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I had to mow our yard at camp with the push mower. I was admittedly a little nervous as the grass was very high. Didn't see any snakes but still glad to have the grass down and a perimeter where you can see what's in the grass

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3 Weeks ago a friend of mine was mowing his cabin grass, no problem there. I left his cabin and walked down his stone road and ran into a rattle snake. He was a little upset and let me know about it.

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Well this, definitely, is snake season -- and if anyone here was at the Cross Fork Snake Hunt last weekend, they'll agree!

I pay someone to cut my grass, but I/we are always alert to the fact that snakes can be crawling around in the grass or around the patio out by the creek.
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I just pulled into my garage coming home, door was down,opened it got out of my SUV, there lies a black snake on my garage floor,it climbed up the 3 blocks to the sill, took a push broom and escorted that dude to the woods, dont want them in the house.......
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Years ago I went to a friends camp with my boys and set up a tent in the yard. My buddy had just mowed the grass and we found 3 small snakes in the grass. My boys grabbed the snakes and put them in a bucket. I was showing the snakes to my buddy and said I'm sure two of the snakes are garter snakes but one has a little different color. All three snakes were about 12" long. I grabbed the different colored one by the neck and was showing him to everyone when my friend joking said that looks like a rattle snake. Just then it opened mouth and two little pin like fangs appeared. We looked at its tail and noticed it was just starting to form a rattle. We released those snakes a long walk from camp and that is the last time I every picked up a snake.
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Re: Lawn Mowing / Snake

UPDATE - Just bought a used riding mower for use at the cabin.
I was in Daytona, FL over the weekend for the race and saw a guy mowing grass beside a small pond in tall rubber boots and jeans. Asked him why the boots, he replied "snakes".

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This is why I love my Farmall Lowboy

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