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Texas Rattlesnakes Changing Behavior
Got this in an E-mail.............be careful!!!
My fellow friends and family,
We have killed 57 rattlesnakes on two separate ranches this year.
24 @Southbend & 33 @ Murray , since mid May.
Not one has buzzed! We provoked one fair sized boy with a stick
and he coiled & struck at the stick a couple of times before he buzzed up and
The purpose of this explanation is that I have been hearing the same from fellow
ranchers and hunters in regards to the lack of warning with rattlesnakes.
I had lunch with a friend today and he offered a theory about the fact that
these bugs aren't rattling anymore. He raised pigs for years and reported
that when he would hear a rattlesnake buzzing in the sow pen, the sows
would 'bee-line' to it and fight over the snake. For the uninformed, pigs love to
eat rattlesnakes. Therefore, the theory is they are ceasing to rattle to
avoid detection, since there are plenty of pigs roaming the countryside.
I have a neighbor ranching lady who was bitten 3 weeks ago 2 times by the
same snake without any warning....she spent 5 days in ICU, after 22 vials of
anti-venom she is back at the ranch and still may lose her foot or worse yet
her lower leg.
The days of perceived warning are over. Keep your boots on and use a light
when out and about. As you all know, one can pop up just about anywhere!
You may wish to forward this to anyone that would be interested.
Norman D. Stovall 3
Texas Energy & Equipment LLP
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