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Now, That’s A Snake


During the summer months, there is so much activity go on. The outside temperatures get warmer and the days are longer. Businesses in tourist locations get ready for the season with the increase in visitors. School lets out and children are on the loose playing with their friends having a great time. Not only are the children out and about, wildlife animals are too. Unfortunately, snakes are among them.

There was an article floating around Facebook regarding a gigantic rattlesnake caught in Oklahoma according to the "Wide Open Country Staff". The article states that rattlesnakes are usually measured 3 ½ to 4 ½ feet long; however, the snakes that were hunted was either seven feet or longer. Unfortunately, the hunters was unable to get an accurate measurement due to the animal did not want to stay still.

Here is the link to see the video of hunters with the snakes they captured.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_eHq23jheY#action=share

Rattlesnakes are a type of snake that is also found among the eastern states. The most common snake types that can also be found within this area both non venomous and venomous are:

  • Eastern Garter

  • Rat

  • Northern Black Racer

  • Northern Brown

  • Northern Copperhead

  • Northern Water (Moccasin)

  • Eastern Cottonmouth

Snakes typically stay out of cold temperatures. Venomous snakes such as rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouths hibernate when the weather cools down. Usually snakes will start the hibernation process at the end of October. Some snakes don’t really hibernate. They do something similar brumation. Hibernation is when an animal goes to sleep to save their energy. However, brumation is when an animal is less active but not asleep. Their body temperature lowers and their metabolism slows in which they will want to feed less.

There are precautions that can be taken to reduce the chance that you will encounter a snake.