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SSSSScary SSSSSSStuff March 12, 2012

Filed under: Interests,Parenthood — clappingonthedownbeat @ 9:20 PM

I am not a big fan of snakes.  I don’t mind admiring from behind a plate of thick glass, or reading about them in a book, or even watching a nature show on TV.  But going to a rattlesnack round up, isn’t my thing.  But it is my son’s.  So hubby took him out to Sweetwater Texas Map this weekend.  For a man’s weekend- camping, snake hikes, shooting.

    

Diamond back rattle snakes…..

    

Miss Snake Charmer (the beauty pageant) runner up, the snake “arena” (round up, milking for venom, decapitating, skinning)

  

My son came back with a wealth of snake knowledge.  The western diamondback rattle snake is not aggressive.  It actually takes a lot to provoke one to strike.  They have live births, which is odd for reptiles.  The young are born in a snake den with fangs and venom.  These snakes can strike up to 1/3 to 1/2 their body length.  They only eat about 3x a year.  And if you are into catching them, they go for $10/lb (for the skin).  They came home with many things snake skin, even for the ladies…..maybe my daughter and I can model our hair clips.

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