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Old 03-21-2012, 11:20 PM   #1
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I got this in an email. The only information I have on it is that it was caught at Lake Whitney State Park yesterday... one heckuva rattler!!! Does anyone else have anymore information on this snake? If so, please share!

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Old 03-21-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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yesterday it was raining all day and like 55 degrees. I'm gonna go ahead and say it....fake
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:37 PM   #3
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yesterday it was raining all day and like 55 degrees. I'm gonna go ahead and say it....fake
yeah, I am sure you are right. there has never ever been a rattle snake caught when it was raining and 55 degrees.... never ever ever...
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:37 PM   #4
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Doesn't look like that snake has eat in a while.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:37 PM   #5
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Thats a big un.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:40 PM   #6
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Big sucker!
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:41 PM   #7
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Doesn't look like that snake has eat in a while.
Yep his belly sure is drawn in.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:42 PM   #8
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Huge.

Might have been in a hole and the water came up fast and flushed him out?
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:44 PM   #9
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Huge.

Might have been in a hole and the water came up fast and flushed him out?
Very possible.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:48 PM   #10
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Thats is a big'un probably around 5.5'. Their ribs will all look like that when they're ******. They do it to make their profile apear bigger than it is
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:51 PM   #11
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It's a big'un, alright! Although the way the photo was taken makes it look like an anaconda. But I don't think its a fake. You got the email recently, but no telling when this actually took place. C'ya
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:29 AM   #12
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Simple way to find out if true......call the State Park
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:36 AM   #13
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yeah, I am sure you are right. there has never ever been a rattle snake caught when it was raining and 55 degrees.... never ever ever...
yea you're right. You got me on that one

And surely there has never been a fabricated photo of a snake on the internet...no never ever
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:42 AM   #14
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It stop raining by lunch here yesterday so it's highly possible the lake level came up and ran him out.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:50 AM   #15
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I'm pretty sure it aint fake the snake was just being held alot closer to the camera than it needed to be.It was probably a 5 or 6 foot snake but there must be something fascinating about holding a snake close to a camera because there sure have been alot of people that have done that.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:52 AM   #16
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yea you're right. You got me on that one

And surely there has never been a fabricated photo of a snake on the internet...no never ever
lol... NOOO way dude... that would be unheard of!!!
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:54 AM   #17
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Oh man!! that post ^ just made me a 10 point... NICE...
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:55 AM   #18
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Who knows? I guess I'm just leary everytime I see a "I got this in an email" picture like that. Let us know what you find out
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:56 AM   #19
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It aint no baby.....I don't care when, where, or how close the camera it was.......
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:00 AM   #20
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It aint no baby.....I don't care when, where, or how close the camera it was.......
BINGO I would run screaming like a little girl in the other direction
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:11 AM   #21
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I have never ran into a rattler around whitney in all the runnin around ive done around the lake. Seems like it would be a good area for them though! I would probably pee a little if I stumbled onto that dude while fishin lol
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:30 AM   #22
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They are definitely out there. My wife stepped on one near Mc Cown one year while we were bird hunting early in the morning. It didn't react at all. Just sat there coiled up.

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Old 03-22-2012, 12:23 PM   #23
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Also appeared on my wife's FB news feed . Someone posted it had been relocated to another part of the park.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:29 PM   #24
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Relocated, kill that son of a gun.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:32 PM   #25
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I'm pretty sure it aint fake the snake was just being held alot closer to the camera than it needed to be.It was probably a 5 or 6 foot snake but there must be something fascinating about holding a snake close to a camera because there sure have been alot of people that have done that.
Agree. None the less it is a nice size rattler, but the picture makes it look bigger, just like when a fisherman or hunter hold the fish/animal out a bit further.

Betcha the water ran him out as well. We have had plenty of it lately.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:44 PM   #26
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Relocated, kill that son of a gun.
I agree!!!!
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:44 PM   #27
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Whitney has gone up 4 feet in the last 2 days and that's entirely above conservation pool (533.0)! If it's forcing them out of dens, I hope it drowns a few hundred!!!

The lake has risen 20 feet since the end of January... From a 517.5 to 537.02.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:47 PM   #28
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I would've definitely chit a little dab If I ran up on him!
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:54 PM   #29
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The snake is probably real but you will probably never know for sure where it was captured. A coworker showed it to me this morning and his email said it was found in Lake Belton.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:59 PM   #30
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That fella ain't got a big enough trash can to put that thing in!
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:03 PM   #31
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The dude holding the snake is my nieghbor he is about 5' 4". he makes the snake look huge. I have seen bigger on the corp land. That is at the state park.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:07 PM   #32
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He is big enough for me.


Big enough to stay far far away from, that is.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:09 PM   #33
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Ok guys, if you were putting a rattlebug in a barrel, would you be holding it right next to your body or way way out away from you. That is what he is doing in the picture. My bet is he is 5' from the snake. His near hand is probably 3'+ back from the head making it look bigger than it is.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:09 PM   #34
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Relocated, kill that son of a gun.
This for sure !!

However, it is the STATE so they proabably are not allowed to kill them - just guessing.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:56 PM   #35
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The dude holding the snake is my nieghbor he is about 5' 4". he makes the snake look huge. I have seen bigger on the corp land. That is at the state park.
Well there you go
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:59 PM   #36
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yeah, I am sure you are right. there has never ever been a rattle snake caught when it was raining and 55 degrees.... never ever ever...
Looks like this one IS real. Sorry bud, just so used to the fake emails I jumped the gun.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:08 PM   #37
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According to their Facebook page this picture is real, https://www.facebook.com/texasparksandwildlife
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:08 PM   #38
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Sunny, I have checked with park staff and this is indeed a genuine photo. This was a 4-5 foot native Western Diamondback who was observed sunning himself on a rock by park visitors who then contacted park staff. Park management responded and humanely removed the snake from near a trail and relocated it to the prairie part of the park without incident. Western Diamondbacks and in fact all snakes in Texas are vital to the natural beauty and wildness of our state parks and natural areas. Incidents involving venomous snakes are quite rare, but visitors should always be vigilant in natural habitats and wear appropriate clothing, boots and long pants when hiking or back-packing the trails. Most snakes are not aggressive and would prefer to be left alone. If you would like to learn more about our native snakes please visit this page on our website:
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #39
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If anyone is following that "rattlesnake republic" tv series, i went to high school in taylor with shawn jonas, the last episode they were at granger lake and found 45 snakes on a sand bar!!!i immediately sent him a pm on facebook and told him that i had been hunting granger lake and the san gabriel river for the past 20 years and had only seen only three rattlesnakes out there, i told him he planted the snakes out there for tv!!!he didn't reply!!!!as many times as i have been tracking bloody hogs and deer out there i would have run into one if there was that many snakes at granger, told him that i thought it was cool to see someone i knew on tv but that he and the show were full of it!!!had my buds from taylor call me and tell me the same.....hes full of it!!!but i do like the show.....but that pic of the snake above is real and rattlesnakes get way bigger than that one! Believe it or not i saw one caught over 7 foot near dime box, tx.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:24 PM   #40
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i live here in whitney and got a pick texted to me straight from the gw. its 100% real
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:05 PM   #41
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He is not holding the snake close to the camera , he's holding it far away from his self
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:11 PM   #42
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we fished Ivey a lot when it filled up the first time...we killed a ton of snakes that got pushed up out of those canyons as the water came up....I bet the water got him moving earlier than he wanted

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Old 03-22-2012, 04:13 PM   #43
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He is not holding the snake close to the camera , he's holding it far away from his self


Some guys just can't handel snakes.

I'll have to find the pics of me.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:46 PM   #44
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The snake is probably real but you will probably never know for sure where it was captured. A coworker showed it to me this morning and his email said it was found in Lake Belton.
I got it in a text that also said Lake Belton.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:06 PM   #45
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I've sure seen some healthy ones on COE land around Whitney.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:13 PM   #46
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Looks like this one IS real. Sorry bud, just so used to the fake emails I jumped the gun.
Its all good brother!!!
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:23 PM   #47
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I have a friend who is an Aussie and he lives right around the corner from me.
We had spent that morning at Gander in Corsicana. Well I take him by the house and drop him off, no sooner than getting half way down the road he calls me up.
"Mate...Get back here now!"
"What's up?"
"There's a snake in me house, get back here now!"
"Ok, What color is it?"
"It's black and red yellow"
"What?, in that order?"
" I think so"
" I'll be right back, that could be very dangerous"

I get there and I only see the head from under the door, and I said thank God, he asked me why and I explained to him, and he had some choice words, but I was able to get is out of the house.

Here he and I are.




I'm just glad I got it out before his kids got home from school.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:34 PM   #48
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I have a friend who is an Aussie and he lives right around the corner from me.
We had spent that morning at Gander in Corsicana. Well I take him by the house and drop him off, no sooner than getting half way down the road he calls me up.
"Mate...Get back here now!"
"What's up?"
"There's a snake in me house, get back here now!"
"Ok, What color is it?"
"It's black and red yellow"
"What?, in that order?"
" I think so"
" I'll be right back, that could be very dangerous"

I get there and I only see the head from under the door, and I said thank God, he asked me why and I explained to him, and he had some choice words, but I was able to get is out of the house.

Here he and I are.




I'm just glad I got it out before his kids got home from school.
You. Are. Crazy. lol
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:27 AM   #49
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TPWD verified on FB that it was at Whitney. Seen by park visitors sunning itself on a rock.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:25 AM   #50
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You. Are. Crazy. lol
Cray? Maybe a little bit. My dad and I have been hunting rattlesnakes for years.
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