Snakes and Other Homestead Creepies

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Snakes and Other Homestead Creepies

Unread post by Farmfresh » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:09 am

We recently got side tracked (my fault totally) on another thread when Miss Patrice mentioned that "won't live where there are poisonous snakes. As a matter of fact I won't put up with any snakes except the political kind which is mainly what we have here in Illinois."

To which I answered back ...

"There ARE poisonous snakes in Missouri, but in populated areas like where I live they have been killed off a long time ago. You need to go to south Missouri Ozarks, north to the prairie areas or in only lightly populated areas in the middle to find any."

This started off the conversation about snakes and I realized that we need a thread just for the topic.

Around us (in West Central Missouri) we have really only three types of poisonous snakes.

Copperhead is the most common.
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Water Moccasin in the Ozarks and around rivers. (aka Cotton Mouth)
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Timber Rattlesnake is the final one.
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We also have scorpions around the Ozarks.
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They are little but they sting. I had a dead one in my swimming suit trunks one time as a kid.
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Re: Snakes and Other Homestead Creepies

Unread post by Farmfresh » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:10 am

BTW I have lived here my whole life and been in some pretty wild areas. I have NEVER seen either a copperhead or a rattlesnake. (in the wild) All of the snakes are thick with a big flat triangular shaped head.

I have, however, swam (one time) with a cottonmouth at the Lake of the Ozarks. I was probably around 13 or 14 and I kept feeling something brush across my leg while I was swimming. I came up out of the water and was face to face with one of the mugs! I PROMISE Michael Phelps himself would have had a hard time keeping up with me back to that dock!

When I sprinted to safety I scared the snake. He slithered out onto the bank and my Grandma Nettie, who was forever raking or digging something, whacked his head off calmly with a hoe.
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Re: Snakes and Other Homestead Creepies

Unread post by Farmfresh » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:12 am

Old Fashioned wrote:yeah, I've heard about those Ozark snakes from Ma, though her experiences were before your time. I think she had also talked of King snakes there too. As in, when she was picking some wild berries and reaching for a big one a Copperhead tried to bite her, but before it could a King attacked it, saving her. |em22| I don't remember her saying anything about Scorpions though. She had lived in the Ozarks for several years on both Missouri side and in Arkansas
Where I live we mainly have black snakes, garter snakes, with the occasional king snake or racer. Most of the real farm areas around here are like that. The old time farmers hunted and killed the copperheads and rattlers, but left the other snakes for rodent and insect control. Black snakes and garter snakes were favorites. Garter snakes kill lots of mice and insects in a garden and the "old boys" (including my uncles) used to gather up black snakes from the hay field in a burlap bag and bring them home. Then they would turn them loose in the corn crib where they would live quite happily eating up any rodents that dared to venture there.
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Re: Snakes and Other Homestead Creepies

Unread post by Farmfresh » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:14 am

What kinds of dangerous creepies are in your area?
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Re: Snakes and Other Homestead Creepies

Unread post by dizzy » Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:34 am

There are rattlers around here, but I've never seen them. I have seen black widow spiders. Of course a bit one that people don't think about since they don't kill you outright is ticks. They can carry all kinds of disease.

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Unread post by Farmfresh » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:51 am

Oh yes! I have never seen a black widow in person, but I hit upon a nest of brown recluses this last month when I was cleaning out the barn mess. <shiver>

And I for one DO think about those ticks. Ever since hubby spent almost two months so ill that he almost died from a tick born disease I have really realized just HOW dangerous those ticks can be.

The tick born illness that he had was not Rocky Mountain or Lyme disease that you hear so much about either. His disease had about 25 letters in it and was in Latin. It was very devastating. It started like the bad flu then he passed out in the bathroom in the middle of the night wedged behind the bathroom door! It took 6'2" Geek AND me to get him out of the bathroom and into the car to go to the emergency room that night. (Thank God Geek was still living at home back then!)

They tested hubby for a heart attack then admitted him to the hospital. He was hooked to fluids and they took so many blood samples to test it was crazy. Before this incident he had always been terrified of hospitals and especially getting blood pulled, but he just laid there limp while TWO nurses pulled out blood at the same time... one from each arm! Scared me to death. It took almost a week of testing to narrow down WHAT he had. Then they could start treating him. At one point his white blood count was so low (down to less than 1/4 of normal) that they sent him to a leukemia specialist for treatment! Even after he was on the mend he was so weak for another two months that he got winded walking across the room.

Who knew that a hike to see the buffalo and elk in our native wild animal exhibit in a local park where he picked up a few ticks, could be so dangerous? At least if you are bitten by a snake you are aware that you NEED medical attention and fast. Those ticks take a week to poison you.

Last. I will post this again... ALWAYS save your ticks. Gently remove them to get them out whole as soon as possible, then label and freeze them. If we had the tick then they could have cultured it and gotten treatment for my hubby in hours instead of taking nearly a week.
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Re: Snakes and Other Homestead Creepies

Unread post by patriceinil » Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:49 pm

We don't have too many snakes around here mainly garter or corn snakes but there are water moccasins in the quarry the next town over. I'm not near water so I don't have to worry about the water moccasins.

We also have brown recluse spiders but I haven't seen any of them around here.

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Re: Snakes and Other Homestead Creepies

Unread post by Quail » Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:12 pm

We have lots of snakes. The two poisonous ones off the top of my head are pygmy rattlers and coral. The later we have had in our yard. That almost was enough for me to go back North!

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Re: Snakes and Other Homestead Creepies

Unread post by dizzy » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:18 pm

And this is one reason I like the area where I live. We don't have the problems w/snakes that there is in other areas of the country, nor do we have many problems w/hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes. Plus, winters aren't normally that bad.

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