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Originally Posted by TheLastLemming76
My dog likes to kill snakes with a passion. How do you guys in poisonous snake country keep your dogs away from them?

You don't!

I had a yellow lab that came in the house one evening then laid down by the fireplace and barely moved, really unlike him. I went over to him and he'd barely raise his head, that's when I noticed his chest was really swollen. I called the vet and he said to bring him in so I loaded him into the truck and the vet was at the clinic when we arrived. He shaved his chest and the fang marks were plain as day, it had to be a BIG rattler to have fangs that far apart. The vet kept him and pumped him full of antibiotics but never had to give him any anti-venom. He recovered in a few days and was fine when I brought him home.

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Originally Posted by 10gaugemag
Chopped up a garter snake w the mower last week.

Cannot stand those little fuu.ggers. Attitude like a copperhead. Any other non poisonous snake gets a pass but not those garter snakes.

You think garter snakes have attitude?


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Originally Posted by DMc
Originally Posted by TheLastLemming76
My dog likes to kill snakes with a passion. How do you guys in poisonous snake country keep your dogs away from them?
You don't. They'll kill a poisonous snake just like any other snake. Shake em to death. Only one dog, (my grandfathers was bitten). Copperhead got him on the nose. He layed still for about 24 hours and then completely recovered. We were worried his nose would swell shut and stop him from breathing, but he recovered nicely.
Good info. I assumed that it would be about impossible to keep dogs away but that the snake would manage to land a bite.

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Originally Posted by Mackay_Sagebrush
Wife got bit by a Copperhead summer before last.

We were visiting folks down at a lake house at Bull Shoals Arkansas and the damn thing nailed her. Her leg swelled up pretty nasty and she was very close to losing it at one point. Extremely painful for her. I stay far away from any of the things.

I got knicked by a copperhead last September. Foot swelled a bit and hurt like heck. I sure wouldn’t want a full bite from one.

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I mulched a corral snake a few weeks ago with the mower. A number of neighbors have been seeing them as well. A lot of tarantulas, scorpions and red headed centipedes this year. Much more than normal. The tarantulas get relocated to the front of the property where the dogs can't get them, the others are killed regardless of where they are.


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No snakes of consequence here in Podunk. 😁

Ha. Check your government. wink

That’s for sure.

Not even close….snakes, even poisonous snakes serve a purpose and only do what they have to do to survive. Politicians are worse than snakes in every way.


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Originally Posted by tikkanut
35* this morning..

Peaked out at 55*

Damn Gopher snake laying in the last of today's sunshine...about 4' long

Utahan's call em Blow snake ??

Hate 'em.....Left him alone this time....

Go catch a mouse.......

saw one last week in the yard (at 7000') crossed the street to get to the yard, then crossed the other street to head north.

Dark brown gopher snake, darkest I ever saw. sent a pic of it to an expert, he said it was darkest he ever saw in Arizona.

I never heard them called Blow snake, hear them called Bull snakes all the time.


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I run GSP's and have never had a dog go after a snake. Just a strange point, tail wagging and head up.

Only kill snakes or spiders when the ol' lady wants them gone.

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Originally Posted by tikkanut
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I killed a Copperhead last week on the front porch


I would too

the Gopher's are use full for eating rodents

But first glance it looks like a rattler

Bastarrds will climb trees & search out bird's nests for eggs/babies

No 2nd chances for rattlers in my yard


You mean like this? (couple years back now, but gets the point across)

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Originally Posted by Crow hunter
Got a water moccasin at my place a couple of weeks ago.

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Holy shyte!
I hate snakes.

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Originally Posted by Backroads
I run GSP's and have never had a dog go after a snake. Just a strange point, tail wagging and head up.

Only kill snakes or spiders when the ol' lady wants them gone.
That surprises me. I run Setters but they have no problem wiping out snakes or baby rabbits if they can get to them. I’ve had Setters that break the mold as far as Setter stereotypes. Dogs that loved to retrieve and could blind retrieve, high point frisbees all day and loved the water ect. but I’ve always heard GSP are some killing machines. I’m not disparaging the breed I’ve thought about running a GSP and it would be my first pick if not a Setter guy. Just to surprised to hear that.

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Garter snakes, gopher snakes, lizards, been out on sunny days for a couple of weeks here. Even though it was down in the 20's the other morning.

Summer's almost here, kingbirds, orioles are here, and the wife heard the first nighthawk yesterday.

Allergy time too.


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Originally Posted by TheLastLemming76
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I run GSP's and have never had a dog go after a snake. Just a strange point, tail wagging and head up.

Only kill snakes or spiders when the ol' lady wants them gone.
That surprises me. I run Setters but they have no problem wiping out snakes or baby rabbits if they can get to them. I’ve had Setters that break the mold as far as Setter stereotypes. Dogs that loved to retrieve and could blind retrieve, high point frisbees all day and loved the water ect. but I’ve always heard GSP are some killing machines. I’m not disparaging the breed I’ve thought about running a GSP and it would be my first pick if not a Setter guy. Just to surprised to hear that.

Mine have only been bird dogs, never encouraged hunting anything else.

They do point everything in the field, just not the same intensity.

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Originally Posted by Crow hunter
Got a water moccasin at my place a couple of weeks ago.

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Is it now dead ?


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Originally Posted by Sycamore
Originally Posted by tikkanut
35* this morning..

Peaked out at 55*

Damn Gopher snake laying in the last of today's sunshine...about 4' long

Utahan's call em Blow snake ??

Hate 'em.....Left him alone this time....

Go catch a mouse.......

saw one last week in the yard (at 7000') crossed the street to get to the yard, then crossed the other street to head north.

Dark brown gopher snake, darkest I ever saw. sent a pic of it to an expert, he said it was darkest he ever saw in Arizona.

I never heard them called Blow snake, hear them called Bull snakes all the time.


Yes.........Bull......Blow.......all the same snake

I tell 'em.....just stay out of sight & do your job on the mice


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Originally Posted by Valsdad
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I killed a Copperhead last week on the front porch


I would too

the Gopher's are use full for eating rodents

But first glance it looks like a rattler

Bastarrds will climb trees & search out bird's nests for eggs/babies

No 2nd chances for rattlers in my yard


You mean like this? (couple years back now, but gets the point across)

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that would have been laying on the ground dead at my place


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I like seeing snakes in the yard, but all we have are garter snakes in the neighborhood. They hang out under the back porch slab and eat mice.

Plus, they freak out my wife and it's funny.



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Originally Posted by DMc
Originally Posted by TheLastLemming76
My dog likes to kill snakes with a passion. How do you guys in poisonous snake country keep your dogs away from them?
You don't. They'll kill a poisonous snake just like any other snake. Shake em to death. Only one dog, (my grandfathers was bitten). Copperhead got him on the nose. He layed still for about 24 hours and then completely recovered. We were worried his nose would swell shut and stop him from breathing, but he recovered nicely.

Had the same to a Lab, identical outcome.


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Had 28-30 inch corn or water snake, on the back deck, 2 days ago, I run it off with a broom, if it comes back I'll kill it, wife's very afraid of. Snakes, I don't care for them! Dam thing coiled and struck like a rattler even shaking it tail , like one!


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First decent-sized Bull snake of the year Saturday.

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