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Re: NFC: Re: Garter Snakes

Fortunately, though you were handling the most venemous snake in North
America, its oen fo the FEW htat are very unlikely to bite. :)  And,
even when they do, unless they get a lucky bite, they usually can't
envenomate you. 
That said, be careful when looking at red, black, yellow striped
snakes!  Red and yellow, you're a dead fellow is the right one. :)  


Larry Needham wrote:
> I've lived in Texas for over five years now and have been keeping an eye out
> for snakes that would be new to me (I'm a Michigan native).  Trust me...I've
> looked in all the right places...but they're just hard to find.  Aside from
> a few Rattlers there hasn't been much action except once.  There was a snake
> crossing a trail, in the middle of the afternoon, about two feet long that
> looked like either a coral snake or milk snake.  Suddenly the "Red next to
> yellow, your a dead fellow" got confused with "Red next to black, your a
> dead jack!"  It was two feet long, longer than I thought coral snakes could
> get so I cought it.  This snake was GEORGOUS!  Most amazing color I've ever
> seen.  I was so hopeful it was a milk snake...one, so I could get away with
> keeping it in the house, and two, I had about a two mile walk ahead of me
> otherwise holding the most venomous snake in North America.
> Long story short...it ended up being a coral snake...even though the wife in
> her terror was actually awestruck by the beauty of such a "beast," it was a
> big no-go for keeping it.  Turns out they're almost impossible to keep alive
> anyway.  They only eat skinks and a few salamanders I guess.  If you've ever
> tried to catch a skink you realize how likely it was that this baby would
> end up starving to death anyway :)
> Larry
> > I know this is off topic , but as some of you may know I keep Garter
> > Snakes in addittion to fishes. Well spring is coming to the deep south
> > now and to the rest of you soon. So if you happen to be in the field and
> > come across some colorfull garters Id appreciate it if youd snag em for
> > me. I am particuarly looking for some texas and western species but am
> > alwayts on the lookout for a pretty snake.
> >
> >
> > So I will trade/buy whatever , Contact me off list with more info.
> >
> > Just to keep it slightly on list Garters do eat fish :)
> >
> >
> > Robert Rice NFC  President
> > Save those Fishes,  Join the Native Fish Conservancy
> > http://www.nativefish.org

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