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Old 09-10-2019, 09:52 PM   #1
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Saw two rattlesnakes this evening about 5 feet from each other. One had its rattles cut clear off and the other had two buttons and could barely make any noise. They were both 3 foot snakes. One had probably had its rattles stepped on by a cow or somethin. I'm guessing the other had been hit by a disc when someone was plowing up a field. I've caught snakes without rattles before just never seen two that couldn't buzz in one place at the same time.
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:10 PM   #2
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That would be pretty nuts for a rattle snake to be stretched out and not get hit by the tractor or any other part of the disc then have one blade slice off the rattle clean. I’d say it would be more likely that someone cut them off or smashed them off trying to run it over. That being said I have killed two in the same area a year apart that had no rattles. Old timers say mice will chew them off when they are hibernating. Who knows
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:22 PM   #3
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Mice will definitely chew them off when they're dormant. One of my buddies had a 6 foot Diamondback in a box and threw a field mouse in the box. He opened it a few days later and the mouse had chewed a hole clear through the snake and killed it. The snake never attempted to eat it because it was dormant. When they go into hiding for the Winter their metabolism slows down so much they can't eat or whatever they eat will rot inside them and kill them.

My grandpa found one once that had been been hit by a tractor and it's rattles were off. I also know an old man that was farming once and found rattles stuck to the disk. There's really no telling what done it but I know they'll get hit by farm equipment and live sometimes. The one my grandpa found had just been hit and its rattles were cut off but other than that it was doing ok....for a little while. If they know you're coming they'll try to get out of your way. All I can figure is they start going away from the farm equipment and almost make it and get their tail end damaged at times.

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Old 09-11-2019, 12:16 AM   #4
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It could just be a coincidence but a few years ago I found several on the road that surrounded a field that had just been swathed. Some had no rattle whatsoever and a few just had one or two buttons. My buddy and I killed one, I believe it was the same year that had its whole tail cut off.
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:29 AM   #5
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i want to just thank you all for not calling them "rattlebugs"!!

that is the absolute dumbest slang nickname of all time.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:09 AM   #6
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gotta love those rattleless rattlebugs
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:22 AM   #7
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Wives tale around here is the rattlesnakes quit rattling cause the hogs can locate them and eat them
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:49 AM   #8
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Wives tale around here is the rattlesnakes quit rattling cause the hogs can locate them and eat them
Even wives aren't that ridiculous......
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:59 AM   #9
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Even wives aren't that ridiculous......
First time I heard that, I had to have him repeat it twice
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:09 AM   #10
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Wives tale around here is the rattlesnakes quit rattling cause the hogs can locate them and eat them
Not only that but they opened a chop shop. To cut off the rattles on the ones who got nervous when a hog go too close just couldn’t resist rattling.
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:13 PM   #11
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Don't matter to me if they rattle or not.........as deaf as I am I can't hear them anyway.
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:58 PM   #12
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Don't matter to me if they rattle or not.........as deaf as I am I can't hear them anyway.
Me either. Sure put the hiatus on my stalking too!
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:04 PM   #13
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:08 PM   #14
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Removing rattles is the latest thing for the young rebellious rattle snakes. It's not like rattle snakes can go to a tattoo shop...
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:11 PM   #15
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Have found one we suspect had its tail and rattles ran over by a car, the were flattened and full of dried blood. Back when I raided snake dens we'd find them with all kinds of marks and scars, caused by who knows what. I don't mess with them much since those days but when I do find them, I'm amazed that I don't find anymore damaged ones than I do.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:14 PM   #16
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i want to just thank you all for not calling them "rattlebugs"!!

that is the absolute dumbest slang nickname of all time.
That would be a buzzworm.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:45 PM   #17
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Maybe they identify as constrictors?
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:13 PM   #18
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Couple weeks ago I killed a 4 footer in the garage that had just a button.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:19 PM   #19
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First time I heard that, I had to have him repeat it twice
What do you tell a woman with 2 black eyes? Nothing, you already told her twice.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:51 PM   #20
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They're on the move. Just seen a big rattlesnake crossing the road about 20 minutes ago. It looked like he had rattles. I was goin about 65mph though so I didn't get a real good look.

My buddy seen two fighting in the road the other day. Drove a little further and saw two more doin the same thing.

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Old 09-11-2019, 06:58 PM   #21
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Scary situation to think a rattlebug that can’t make noise!
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:06 PM   #22
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Scary situation to think a rattlebug that canít make noise!
There's only one part of the one that had its rattles cut off that still exist. I stepped on it and pulled its head off. I normally don't kill them but I hunt there so I didn't want to meet it again on different terms.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:18 PM   #23
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Old timers say mice will chew them off when they are hibernating. Who knows
After my one experience walking thru knee-high weeds to get to the tank edge for dove shooting and looking down and seeing one between my feet in the weeds, I was discussing with the landowner's squeeze and that is what she told me. Talked it over with my veterinarian buddy who also has a PhD in wildlife disease and he checked with several other wildlife biologists and none had a more plausible explanation.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:49 PM   #24
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That would be a buzzworm.
buzz worm is totally acceptable. it is a more accurate description, understood by everyone, and a shorter name aka less syllables.

rattle bug, is just saying, hey, you know what, im going to use a term, in order to show that i am both clever, and funny, in a idiot, hick way, and is clearly playing above the rim, i need something that is too stupid for even jethro say.

yup, rattle bug it is.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:08 PM   #25
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When we arrived last Friday from the hospital with little man, there was an awful smell coming from my front porch area. Dug around in the landscaping next to the deck and found the cause of the smell. The snake was all but decomposed, but his rattles were still there as evidence. 12 rattles and a button. Would love to know what killed it.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:54 PM   #26
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When we arrived last Friday from the hospital with little man, there was an awful smell coming from my front porch area. Dug around in the landscaping next to the deck and found the cause of the smell. The snake was all but decomposed, but his rattles were still there as evidence. 12 rattles and a button. Would love to know what killed it.
probably the porch alpha snake killed him.

jk...the only thing i hate worse than a rattlesnake, and lightening, is a yard rattlesnake! well, and yard lightening, i guess.
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:50 PM   #27
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There's only one part of the one that had its rattles cut off that still exist. I stepped on it and pulled its head off. I normally don't kill them but I hunt there so I didn't want to meet it again on different terms.
I caught a solid black western diamondback. She had been severely burned in a prairie fire and survived. Her rattle was completely burned away and due to so much scaring she couldn't shed to make a new one. I held her until she gave birth and released them back into the same field. She got the axe, just way too hostile to release without a rattle. When I first saw her I thought she was a black stump tail cotton mouth and tried to walk past her without a fight but she wasn't letting that happen, scary aggressive high striking snake.
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:17 AM   #28
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i want to just thank you all for not calling them "rattlebugs"!!

that is the absolute dumbest slang nickname of all time.
Or when someone calls bullets,"pills".I cringe everytime.

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Old 09-12-2019, 07:37 AM   #29
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When I first read this thread I though you were talking about Sistrurus miliarius Pygmy Rattler. They are cool looking snakes.
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