Living With Venomous Reptiles

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by reptilist » Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:34 am

The truth of the matter is that all nearly all wild animals are in decline because of mankind's pervasive influence. Regarding the snakes of Arizona, the main reason, which by far eclipses any other supposed cause, is the destruction and fragmentation of suitable habitat. People kill the snakes, either deliberately, or as a consequence of "manifest destiny".

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by LDMGOLD » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:23 am

However, you might find a rattler in my tongs. Excuse me for that laughable error in grammar.

Yes, I do agree with you about the destruction of habitat and definitely the killing of snakes by the ignorant. Rattlers have always been a good predator (barrier) against carries of plague and rabies (at rodents). From what I understand the plague or rabies stop with the cold blooded reptiles and isn't passed on. I could be wrong, but that is what I have been told.

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by rede2rock » Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:21 am

So with other types of wildlife, ie: deer, turkeys etc. people are setting up natural feeding habits, replanting to more remote safe areas and enhanced "home" spaces. Is there anything along those lines being done to encourage reptile growth in the wild?

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by LDMGOLD » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:29 am

TERRY:

My wife was out on the desert involved in a tracking class and came across this large Western Diamond-Back with a young Black-Tailed jackrabbit. This is her photo. No she isn't afraid of rattlesnakes. Thought you guys would enjoy looking at a healthy Western Diamond-Back enjoying breakfast. He was left to his breakfast and wasn't disturbed.

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by yuccahead » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:01 pm

Wow! Is that a great photo or what?
Life and death in the desert, it doesn't get any better.
Thanks for posting.

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by reptilist » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:43 pm

Yes that is quite a shot!
Thanks for posting it!
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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by LDMGOLD » Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:42 pm

TERRY:

Sharon wasn't the only one to take a photo of that snake consuming the jackrabbit. There were several tracking students that also took photographs at different times. I just want to mention that. Her photo was not an exclusive or the only one for this particular event. My wife is very ethical about her photography and photos she takes.

Now she is happy with me for letting you folks know that.

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by Apache Devil » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:10 am

LDMGOLD. Are you sure that is an atrox and not a c. ruber?

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by LDMGOLD » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:25 am

We live in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and most common species of rattlesnake here is Crotalus atrox. We have some Mohaves and a few Black-tails. The photo is of a Crotalus atrox or Western Diamond Back rattlesnake. I believe the ruber is common to California, not Arizona.

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Re: Living With Venomous Reptiles

Post by Apache Devil » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:17 pm

Whichever he may be, he is a beautiful and very ambitious snake.

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