We had more snakes and nutria rats come up in our yard than gators. Water moccasins and rattlesnakes. Most of the gators stayed in the bayous and rivers. Only once did we have one in our yard and it was when I was married in my 20's and lived about a mile from where I had grown up. The bayous were east and north of us and the river west of us. We had a small pond and it was drought time. I saw a baby in our driveway. I was shocked, thought it was a big lizard but my now ex caught it. It was not unusual to see them when we were on the water but they are much more plentiful now. The year I did my student teaching, I had a ground rattler in my classroom. It was in front of the door! The custodian came and killed it with a dust pan. I was sitting on stool playing the guitar with a class of third graders.
What is a ground rattler? We have a few short rattlers around here they call Timber rattlers I have only saw one in my life in the wild. They are short and can only strike a short distance, been told they are poisonous but not like the diamond backs I have encountered out west. Don't know and don't want to find out. A hundred years or so ago the area that is now Wright Patterson AFB was infested with them and supposedly the government brought in bunches of hogs and they killed them off. I always heard that the hogs were there natural enemy and they could not hurt the hogs because of their thick skin, don't know if true or not. Hadn't thought about them in years.Guess i need to Google both.
Post by lovnvintage on Oct 19, 2014 4:09:03 GMT -8
Well living in south TX I can speak about rattlers and feral hogs! the rattlers are thinning out as we are overrun by hogs now. The scariest thing of all is that the rattlers have adapted and are not rattling anymore to alert the hogs. Makes for a very dangerous situation. The ranchers are starting to be warned that soon will be having an overage of rats due to the snakes being killed by pigs.