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03-13-2013 11:55 AM #21
When I googled "What is the largest rattle snake ever found?"
It is said that the largest rattlesnake on the planet is the Eastern diamondback. The record length for this venomous snake is 96 inches.
Tim Manning, Herp.
If you "google" "Texas" you will see a man with a 9 ft 1 inch 90 lb rattler.it was at Tow, Texas off hwy 281. Northern tip of Lake Buchanan 2007
The supposed 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake was not 15 feet long. It was 7 foot and 3 inches and was found in Sept 2009. The largest Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake on record in 8 feet long. None have been found longer. Skins can be deceptive as they can be longer when shed from the snake.
See the related link for a picture of a 14' Western Diamondback rattler taken in Happy Camp, CA., on the weekend of 9/11/10 by a' good friend of mine.
In Mid July, 2010, a rattlesnake was found near Whitwell, TN that measured:
14ft 9in, 24 rattles, 2 buttons, and 100lbs.
Watch out JT in Tow, Texas!
03-13-2013 01:59 PM #22
This blog is interesting and addresses the snake in the original picture (attributed through email to Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) as well as the question of whether hogs are influencing rattling behavior. Living Alongside Wildlife: Return of the Giant Killed Rattlesnake (Updated 3/7/13)
03-13-2013 02:19 PM #23
found this searching for the 14 foot snake Robert refers to above:
Fourteen feet, nine inches in length, 1-¾ inch fangs, 24 rattles with the tip-end broken off. Killed off of Thompson and Highway 96 near Happy Camp by a tourist driven vehicle. If this were a true story, what a record breaker this big snake would be.
Unfortunately, stories like these make the rounds via cell phones and emails. When the jokester puts a local spin to the story, it is easy to believe. The Two Rivers Tribune has been unable to verify the source of this photo or the truth or untruth of the story.
Terry Phillip, curator of reptiles at the Black Hills Reptile Gardens, in Rapid City, SD explained that the photo is trick photography. Phillips said the snake is most likely six feet in length and is held between the person and the camera on a long pole, thus putting the guy even further from the camera, creating an optical illusion of a large snake.
Phillips explained that in the U.S. “there are approximately 10-15,000 cases of snakebite each year and about a dozen deaths. Over two thirds of the snakebite cases are because the snake is being caught, killed or teased. The majority of those bites are found in men between the age of 16 and 25 and alcohol is usually a factor…venomous snakes, alcohol and testosterone are not a good combination”
Rita King of the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce admitted if the story were true it would be great publicity for Happy Camp, since a snake of that size has never been seen.
“Now if I had a photo of Bigfoot holding that big snake, Happy Camp would be golden!,” said King.
03-13-2013 02:24 PM #24
That guy is on the ball, good blog, thanks for the link TMart.
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03-13-2013 03:43 PM #25
03-13-2013 04:54 PM #26
Bunetbass, As the great Josey Wales said "Dying aint much of a livin' "
03-13-2013 05:12 PM #27
I love how the first post is the weight (length) police! Who gives a shit if its 8, 9 or 10ft? That is a big ass snake no matter how you hold it! Nice find! I'm not scared of snakes but that thing is terrifying. Thanks for posting..
03-13-2013 05:36 PM #28
A friend once told me that he would always have a slight advantage against a snake like that. He would have firm ground running away but the snake
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03-13-2013 06:40 PM #29
That snake is 6lbs, tops. No way it's a DD. And it's photochopped.
03-14-2013 09:02 AM #30
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