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Old 06-03-2008, 11:51 AM   #1
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Ran into this while looking for a tool to pick up rattlesnakes and transport them off our property to the field nearby:

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Gets more interesting as you scroll down.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:57 AM   #2
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After seeing the roundup of 87 of them, I think I would get a shotgun instead of a stick!

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:59 PM   #3
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Gosh, this is the first time I've got the attention of the moderator in all my years on the web. Didn't mean to gross anyone out, just thought it was entertaining for a Tuesday.
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Gosh, this is the first time I've got the attention of the moderator in all my years on the web. Didn't mean to gross anyone out, just thought it was entertaining for a Tuesday.
Well, a contorted, apparently rotting dead body inside a flayed open python struck me as just a tad graphic. But that's me.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:24 PM   #5
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Well, a contorted, apparently rotting dead body inside a flayed open python struck me as just a tad graphic. But that's me.
Sorry Rich. It's been a slow Tuesday around here, the market's down, the car salesman didn't call me back, ... I'm trying to find an excuse in all this.
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Sorry Rich. It's been a slow Tuesday around here, the market's down, the car salesman didn't call me back, ... I'm trying to find an excuse in all this.


No big deal. Just thought some would appreciate a warning before deciding to gaze upon that one.

Friend of mine had a python - named him Hug.
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Wow, that was one hungry snake. Think I will pass on fried rattlesnake.
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LOL. That last picture put my bad day in its proper perspective. Thanks.
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:16 AM   #9
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i seriously was three feet away from a gator nearly that big while canoeing with a friend on the loxahatchee in jupiter fl. we had taken what we thought was a side channel which we thought might cut out a few bends to get back to base earlier when i canoed us into a dead end. there on the bank, about a foot or two above the top of the canoe and less than a paddle's length away, slept a gator at least as large as the canoe, likely 16 feet or so.

he looked very well fed. a nice healthy color. one of the most beautiful things i'd ever seen. he opened his eyes but did not stir. i felt completely comfortable. in retrospect i realize that was very dangerous but at the time it seemed completely natural and even peaceful. i don't think i was ever before or since in the presence of such earthen majesty.

after a few seconds or minutes (i really lost all sense of time) i looked back at my friend who was frozen stiff in fright. so i backed us slowly and calmly away and into deeper water. for years i felt privileged to have had such an encounter but when i look back on it today i guess i'm just lucky to be alive. because if that gator was hungry, we'd have been lunch.
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I was biking through trails in South Carolina through a swamp, and I came across a gator sunning itself across the road. It took up the width of the trail, so it was probably about 8-10' but I really didn't think much about it. It didn't seem to really care about me and I didn't plan on running over its tail, so I watched it for a while then turned around and headed back. But that first picture looks like something from Lake Placid!

And there is a man inside a snake! I just thought there was a cute kid's book about a kid getting eaten by a boat constrictor, but there's a real live snake that ate a man. I can't stop thinking about it.
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....A nice collection of mostly bogus PICs. All of those PICs have been discussed on snopes.com. They have also been passed around the internet reptile community many times and gotten plenty of laughs.
.....The Python with the man inside is bogus. The snake is a Reticulated Python. The PICs have gone around the internet a couple times with captions saying it is an Anaconda in South America. Whomever set up the photo has the man swallowed feet first with both feet together. Pythons nearly always eat their prey head first and in the rare case of one doing otherwise it would not be intelligent enough to get the feet together. If the snake swallowed one leg first the other leg would be folded up alongside the torso rather than side by side with the other leg like in the photo.
....Florida Power and Light in Orlando knows nothing about the giant "gator" photo. Many sources say the PIC was taken outside the USA. Notice the garb the black gentleman is wearing. Though the animal does look very much like an American Alligator. Being a lifetime reptile guy and long time kayaker and having grown up in the south I have looked for and seen a bunch of BIG gators. Specimens over 15 feet long are very rare. BTW, thanks to all of you for letting me waste thousands of gallons of jet fuel flying Army helicoptors around swamps doing some of that gator "hunting".
....The Rattlesnake photo was at one time going around the internet with the giant crocodilian photo and both had captions indicating they were from the same work site at the Orlando airport. The Rattlesnakes are western Diamondbacks rather than the Eastern Diamondbacks native to central Florida. Hunting Western Diamondbacks in Texas I twice found concentrations of them coming out to sun from their winter hibernation sites but never anywhere near as many as in that PIC. The PIC may be authentic but it also could have been staged by snake hunters placing all they had caught in the culvert to make an interesting photo.
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In the mid '60s I worked a summer job on a drilling rig on the Handford site checking for bad stuff that might have gotten into the water table. In the morning before starting the shift, I would always look down all the stored drill rods. Rattlesnakes would crawl inside at night to keep warm. It is very unnerving to be setting a new stick of drill rod and have a rattler slide down the tube onto your boot. Both you and the rettler become very excited. When we found snakes sleeping in the tubes I would get the shotgun (firearms not legal on the reservation) place the barrel in the tube and clean out the danger.
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