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Old 04-29-2021, 10:13 AM   #1
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Boy I love my barn cats. This particular cat is the runt and wants to show off I think. She was bit in the face by a copperhead when she was 6 months old too. (That snake is also dead)

I went outside to watch the storm come in last night and she was off the porch keeping this guy in the corner for me until I got there.
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:16 AM   #2
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Good snake!!
And good kitty
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:20 AM   #3
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Would love to see one in the wild.
One of the few snakes I've never caught.
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:34 AM   #4
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Awesome!
Turkeys chased mine off and coyotes I think got her before the freeze. She’d bring me corals too. Im shopping the local shelter for a mature dog friendly feline coconspirator...rats have moved in.
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Old 04-29-2021, 12:39 PM   #5
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Reminds me, of my first wife.......................
Beautiful.....but deadly............
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:16 PM   #6
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She was bit in the face by a copperhead when she was 6 months old too. (That snake is also dead)
This reminds me of a Chuck Norris joke. She was bit by a poisonous snake, and after three days of agonizing pain. . .the snake died.
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:20 PM   #7
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Boy I love my barn cats. This particular cat is the runt and wants to show off I think. She was bit in the face by a copperhead when she was 6 months old too. (That snake is also dead)

I went outside to watch the storm come in last night and she was off the porch keeping this guy in the corner for me until I got there.



so, red touch yella, dead fella, red touch black friend of jack?
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:39 PM   #8
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I have never seen one in the wild. My Dad said he used to kill them when he was a kid living on the small Family farm. I am okay with snakes. However, I am still thinking of spraying my house after reading the Brown Recluse thread.
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:43 PM   #9
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the Brown Recluse, is dang sure nothing to mess with, I pay a pest guy to come out every couple of months and in between service i see something that makes me go "EEEEEE"
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:44 PM   #10
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Red on yella kill a fella, red on black never look back:-)

My cat has brought 2 up in the last month but we let them go! They are very docile! ( and he also has been bitten in his face by a copperhead!

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Old 04-29-2021, 01:46 PM   #11
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I've killed two corals on my place in fannett in 7 years. Kill a moccasin or two every year. I've never seen a copperhead on our property, but that's all my uncle kills at his place in nome 20 miles away.
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:54 PM   #12
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Had a huge one on one of my trails I cam across while hiking my property. Only the second one I have ever seen and this one let me walk right up on him, very docile. Stretched straight he was easily 2ft. He finally just went on his way, glad to have such a rare critter on my place. We also have Gopher Tortoises which are really awesome along with tons of box turtles. Copperheads and Moccasins that get up around the house are dispatched as I have small children. Normally I like to leave a snake be.
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Old 04-29-2021, 02:04 PM   #13
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what is a corral snake going to hurt being around?
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Old 04-29-2021, 02:58 PM   #14
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so, red touch yella, dead fella, red touch black friend of jack?
I changed it more to my liking.

Red on yella, kill that fella. Red on black, he dead too Jack!!!

I dont like snakes!

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Old 04-29-2021, 03:00 PM   #15
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what is a corral snake going to hurt being around?
Nothing, and the chance of him getting venom in you even if he did bite you are pretty slim.
They are not fanged like most venomous snakes.
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Old 04-29-2021, 03:10 PM   #16
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Nothing at all! They would have to bite you in between your fingers !
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Old 04-29-2021, 03:11 PM   #17
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lets see the barn cat!
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Old 04-29-2021, 03:11 PM   #18
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what is a corral snake going to hurt being around?



Iím not a fan of killing snakes . I do it because I have young kids . We watch our 18 month old niece . So if I donít relocate them they get killed .
Heck this is my boy today at school with a bull snake .
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Old 04-29-2021, 03:25 PM   #19
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when we lived south of Houston, we'd get Coral snakes in the house all the time. I'm still not sure how they were getting in. One time we found one in the baby's car seat just before we strapped him in there. Now we've moved north of Dallas and just see copperheads and such.
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Old 04-29-2021, 03:28 PM   #20
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Iím not a fan of killing snakes . I do it because I have young kids . We watch our 18 month old niece . So if I donít relocate them they get killed .
Heck this is my boy today at school with a bull snake .
How does having young kids, and killing snakes correlate?
Do you think killing the ones you see is doing anything to prevent a kid from being bit?
Just discussing, Im not ragging on you, just don't understand that reasoning.
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Old 04-29-2021, 03:29 PM   #21
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Nothing at all! They would have to bite you in between your fingers !
This is an often-quoted, but inaccurate statement. That said, they're certainly a lower risk to bite than other venomous snakes, and regular tennis shoes and blue jeans offer pretty decent protection, whereas a pit viper is going to be able to penetrate those barriers if it bites you.

“So, while it’s pretty hard to get bitten by a coral snake, they can deliver a dangerous dose of venom with just a quick bite. And while they are small snakes with small mouths, they can bite pretty much anywhere; they don’t need to get you between the fingers as you’ll sometimes hear. Any exposed skin is all they need.”

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Old 04-29-2021, 03:48 PM   #22
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This is an often-quoted, but inaccurate statement. That said, they're certainly a lower risk to bite than other venomous snakes, and regular tennis shoes and blue jeans offer pretty decent protection, whereas a pit viper is going to be able to penetrate those barriers if it bites you.

ďSo, while itís pretty hard to get bitten by a coral snake, they can deliver a dangerous dose of venom with just a quick bite. And while they are small snakes with small mouths, they can bite pretty much anywhere; they donít need to get you between the fingers as youíll sometimes hear. Any exposed skin is all they need.Ē
I stand corrected
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Old 04-29-2021, 04:36 PM   #23
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I hate snakes, but I hate mice/rats more so I leave the snakes alone to eat the vermin.
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Old 04-29-2021, 04:51 PM   #24
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I kill 3 or 4 corral snakes a year, mostly on the back porch. About the same number of copperheads.

They stay in the woods and it's all good. They get into my space an it's on, you know, like Donkie Kong!
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Old 04-29-2021, 06:27 PM   #25
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I stand corrected
Something I learned fairly recently myself!
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Old 04-29-2021, 06:34 PM   #26
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so, red touch yella, dead fella, red touch black friend of jack?

While that is the norm, itís not an absolute.
These are all coral snakes.




Best policy if you donít know, let it go.
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Old 04-29-2021, 06:59 PM   #27
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Nothing, and the chance of him getting venom in you even if he did bite you are pretty slim.
They are not fanged like most venomous snakes.
They actually do have fangs, they just donít fold up like a pit vipers. They donít have to gnaw on you to inject venom either; a bite to the skin will do it.
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Old 04-29-2021, 07:12 PM   #28
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Old 04-29-2021, 07:12 PM   #29
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Good job kitty.
A customer ran over this one found in their driveway in Longview. I thought is was a fairly large one.



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Old 04-30-2021, 12:22 AM   #30
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This is an often-quoted, but inaccurate statement. That said, they're certainly a lower risk to bite than other venomous snakes, and regular tennis shoes and blue jeans offer pretty decent protection, whereas a pit viper is going to be able to penetrate those barriers if it bites you.

ďSo, while itís pretty hard to get bitten by a coral snake, they can deliver a dangerous dose of venom with just a quick bite. And while they are small snakes with small mouths, they can bite pretty much anywhere; they donít need to get you between the fingers as youíll sometimes hear. Any exposed skin is all they need.Ē
That's true. A buddy of mine got bit by a coral snake in Louisiana and it was a little one. It bit him and he had to fling it off because it held on. It only got one fang in his finger but that was enough to send him to the hospital. He said it felt like his arm had been set on fire from the inside.
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Old 04-30-2021, 12:56 AM   #31
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lets see the barn cat!
Word.

I found a cool 14 yr old male mix longhair with feline leukemia at the shelter. I dont mind him dying in a couple years...hanging out with the ladies and killing vermin...Id like go out like that...I wonder if he would.

(Ive gotta research feline leukemia.)
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Old 04-30-2021, 05:28 PM   #32
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While that is the norm, itís not an absolute.
These are all coral snakes.




Best policy if you donít know, let it go.
The bottom 2 you can see where one color is just faded out. It the top one that only has red on the head and tail I would not have guessed as a coral. However your policy seems more dangerous.
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Old 04-30-2021, 05:31 PM   #33
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Would love to see one in the wild.
One of the few snakes I've never caught.
Iíve only seen 2 in the wild and was able to catch both of them.
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Old 04-30-2021, 05:40 PM   #34
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Coral snakes seem to come and go. My parents used to have a house outside of Alvin in Brazoria County for almost 30 years. My dad maybe saw 2 coral snakes for the first of those 25 years. Then there was literally one year he killed probably half a dozen, one of which, made it into the house. One of them was almost 6 foot in length, which we thought was huge for a coral snake.
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I was in the hospital for a week after being bitten by a snake. I will kill any poisonous snake around my house.
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Old 04-30-2021, 05:59 PM   #36
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Coral snakes seem to come and go. My parents used to have a house outside of Alvin in Brazoria County for almost 30 years. My dad maybe saw 2 coral snakes for the first of those 25 years. Then there was literally one year he killed probably half a dozen, one of which, made it into the house. One of them was almost 6 foot in length, which we thought was huge for a coral snake.
I grew up in Brazoria County and we did have several over the years. But a six footer? Not likely. More likely that was a king snake, and a big one at that.
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Old 04-30-2021, 06:12 PM   #37
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Not a king snake for sure based on the color pattern with yellow bands touching red (just like post 29 above). I used to have the picture; I'll see if I can find it. This was back around 2010. My dad is 6 foot tall and he was holding that snake chin high with the tip of the tail on the ground in the picture. So, not 6 foot, but definitely over 5.
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Not a king snake for sure based on the color pattern with yellow bands touching red (just like post 29 above). I used to have the picture; I'll see if I can find it. This was back around 2010. My dad is 6 foot tall and he was holding that snake chin high with the tip of the tail on the ground in the picture. So, not 6 foot, but definitely over 5.
A six foot coral snake is a world record.
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Old 04-30-2021, 07:33 PM   #39
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Our cat killed this one the other day. Biggest i have seen.
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A six foot coral snake is a world record.
48" would be a record for a Texas coral snake. The longest on record now is just under 4 foot.
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Old 04-30-2021, 08:43 PM   #41
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Only seen two coral snakes on my place in 40 years. Never any rattlers, but have seen 2 timber rattlers not far from here. Several cottonmouths around the pond, and have to kill 6 to 10 dang copperheads right around the house here EVERY year...
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Our cat killed this one the other day. Biggest i have seen.
Absolute unit.
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The bottom 2 you can see where one color is just faded out. It the top one that only has red on the head and tail I would not have guessed as a coral. However your policy seems more dangerous.
Itís a statistical fact that most bites from venomous snakes are a result of people messing with them. I used to be a snake handler and still enjoy hunting them and I fully understand the risks involved. The best policy to avoid getting bit is to avoid the snake.
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Old 04-30-2021, 10:21 PM   #44
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The most coral snakes I have seen were at Camp Karankawa at West Columbia. The hill behind the firing line at the rifle range was covered with them. It seemed like we shot almost as many rounds into that hillside as went down range.
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Old 04-30-2021, 11:04 PM   #45
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While that is the norm, itís not an absolute.
These are all coral snakes.




Best policy if you donít know, let it go.
If I'm not mistaken that one in the top picture isn't native to North America though but there can be melanistic snakes and other things that make the patterns odd and out of the norm so I agree. The best way to not get bit is to not pick up snakes.
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