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Re: NFC: Re: Garter Snakes

That's what kinda' sucked about the thing.  It was such a docile snake...I
doubt one would ever bite a person unless you wanted it too.  Books say they
usually don't grow more than 20 inches, this one was over 24 inches and it's
head was still so small it'd be lucky to get a good hold of even a finger.

I had heard that their saliva was poisonous and that they just chewed their
victims to break the skin or something...BULL CRAP!  I pulled his mouth back
and he had fangs like a rattler.  As tame and beautiful as he was I sure
wasn't about to let go of the grip I had behind his head.

So the saying is "Yellow and Red, your a dead Fred" right?  Or "If head is
blackened, this snakes your friend?"
Just kidding...I've got it down now :)


> 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. :)
> Joshua.
> Larry Needham wrote:
> >
> > I've lived in Texas for over five years now and have been keeping an eye
> > for snakes that would be new to me (I'm a Michigan native).  Trust
> > looked in all the right places...but they're just hard to find.  Aside
> > a few Rattlers there hasn't been much action except once.  There was a
> > crossing a trail, in the middle of the afternoon, about two feet long
> > looked like either a coral snake or milk snake.  Suddenly the "Red next
> > 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
> > get so I cought it.  This snake was GEORGOUS!  Most amazing color I've
> > seen.  I was so hopeful it was a milk snake...one, so I could get away
> > keeping it in the house, and two, I had about a two mile walk ahead of
> > 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
> > anyway.  They only eat skinks and a few salamanders I guess.  If you've
> > tried to catch a skink you realize how likely it was that this baby
> > 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
> > > come across some colorfull garters Id appreciate it if youd snag em
> > > 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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