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Re: How many species of Rattlesnakes in Texas? [Re: Jon] #14398612 06/20/22 02:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Jon
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Stompy, where is your ranch? How many of those are this year's? those are some sizeable snakes!!
We've only killed two of this year's hatch but haven't seen any big ones around the place yet.

South of Breckenridge about 8 miles. Couple of those were this year but it's been a slow year for them. I believe the big freeze had an impact on them. My house and cabins area is about 2.5 acres, the most I've ever relocated out of this area in one year is 16. An average year would be 6-8 a year. I also see several more on the ranch.

Thanks. We don't usually relocate any that are around the living areas and liable to get stepped on which averge is around 2 a year. But the ones that are out of our way get a pass. I think they make a big dent in the rodent population.


Good for you on this. Around my house the rattlers are no bueno.


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Re: How many species of Rattlesnakes in Texas? [Re: Jon] #14398619 06/20/22 02:53 AM
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I used to encounter about a dozen a year out at a tank farm that sat on the Canadian River just North of Borger, 6 ft. Coontais were not unusual.

Re: How many species of Rattlesnakes in Texas? [Re: Jon] #14398647 06/20/22 04:21 AM
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I know of at least 1 Pygmy rattlesnake den that was at my hunting buddy’s parent’s place on the Brazos.


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Re: How many species of Rattlesnakes in Texas? [Re: Jon] #14398651 06/20/22 04:55 AM
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We use to catch them in north Louisiana and sell them to LSU research facility in Shreveport for $125 apiece and they would milk them and make anti-venom.


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Re: How many species of Rattlesnakes in Texas? [Re: BPKlein] #14399209 06/20/22 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by BPKlein
Western Diamondback
Pygmy
Timber
Prairie
Masasauga
Rock

I think I’m missing one or two….


Sidewinder and Mojave. These two are found in far west Texas.
Eastern Diamondback is also in Texas but figured you used it’s nickname Timber instead.

Re: How many species of Rattlesnakes in Texas? [Re: Jon] #14399222 06/20/22 07:25 PM
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Saw one in Utah on a mule deer hunt that was pink. And no, I had not been drinking.


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Re: How many species of Rattlesnakes in Texas? [Re: Jon] #14399239 06/20/22 07:41 PM
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I have not seen a rattler since I left the Panhandle in '82. Have not missed them a bit. We have copperheads around the house once in a while.

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Re: How many species of Rattlesnakes in Texas? [Re: Jon] #14399245 06/20/22 07:50 PM
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I have seen one rattlesnake in my life. It was on a golf course outside Nacogdoches. We heard the rattle but didn't realize what we were hearing. It was enormous, the biggest venomous snake I have ever seen.

Re: How many species of Rattlesnakes in Texas? [Re: Jon] #14399247 06/20/22 07:53 PM
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I am guessing:

Western Diamondback
Timber
Prairie
Canebrake
Pygmy
Sidewinder?

But the only ones I have personally seen are the Western DB, Prairie and Timber.


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Originally Posted by 9094
Originally Posted by BPKlein
Western Diamondback
Pygmy
Timber
Prairie
Masasauga
Rock

I think I’m missing one or two….


Sidewinder and Mojave. These two are found in far west Texas.
Eastern Diamondback is also in Texas but figured you used it’s nickname Timber instead.


Y'all got way more than I did! I find it hard to believe that article list left out Sidewinder and Pygmy
If you chopped much cotton in west Texas, good chance you whacked a sidewinder with a hoe at least once and likely more.
The tracks they leave are not forgetable after you've seen one. There were a lot more tracks than snakes seen and the wind will blow the tracks away quick enough. I haven't seen one in over 50 years.

Re: How many species of Rattlesnakes in Texas? [Re: Stompy] #14399301 06/20/22 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Stompy
Originally Posted by Jon
Stompy, where is your ranch? How many of those are this year's? those are some sizeable snakes!!
We've only killed two of this year's hatch but haven't seen any big ones around the place yet.

South of Breckenridge about 8 miles. Couple of those were this year but it's been a slow year for them. I believe the big freeze had an impact on them. My house and cabins area is about 2.5 acres, the most I've ever relocated out of this area in one year is 16. An average year would be 6-8 a year. I also see several more on the ranch.

It's funny you say that, we haven't seen near as many in Albany either the last year or so. 3 years ago it was everytime out it seemed we would bump into one.

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