Another Cottonmouth decided to invade our space today. I left out the picture with his head blown off.
He invaded your space or you invaded his?
How many more mice will there be now to infest your hives?
If I find an "extra" cotton mouth would you like me to drop him in a priority box and send him to you for rodent control?
I'm joking I would never do that.
Cotton mouths are poisonous and tend to be agressive. I'm sure in no time AmBeekeeper will have a black snake move in keeping other snakes and mice in check.
I agree with Ambeek.Non poisonous snakes get a pass here.Poisonous ones are sent to meet their maker.
ODfrank, check the top of the food chain, I don't believe the snakes are at the top!
I am always surprised when beekeepers are so scared of snakes. You are about ten times more likely to be killed by a bee sting than a snake bite.
130 people killed across the U.S. by deer annually
53 people die each year in the U.S. because of an allergic reaction from being stung by bees and wasps.
30-35 people are killed by dogs each year in the U.S. Fido isn't always your best friend.
22 people are killed in the U.S. every year by cows
20 people die each year thanks to horses
6.5 people die in the U.S. every year from spider bites.
5.5 people die from rattlesnake bites each year in the U.S
frank..thats probably becuase there is a lot more people who live in areas with bees than in area with rattlesnakes. So coming in contact with bees is probably 15 times more likely than coming in contact with a rattlesnake. statistics can lie like that.
Black snakes, king snakes, even rattle snakes and Canebreaks get a pass here. Cottonmouths are water snakes and mice around here do not swim.
Would you please send me the pic with his head blown off? Thanks.
This thread gives me just one more reason to stay north of the Mason-Dixon Line. I don't care much for non-poisonous snakes and wouldn't have much tolerance for rattlers and other venomous snakes in the yard or in places I frequent.
I came very nearly close to stepping on a 3-foot prairie rattlesnake a couple months ago. A couple gunshots to the head worked well; can't have him hanging around here with alll my little brothers.
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Twice in my time here in Montana, I have found that I can levitate and land feet away after stepping on a rattler while bird hunting. I don't kill snakes for fun or anything else, but if a poisonous snake is in an area frequented by people, it is going to have a bad day. When I move a beehive, I tip it to me not away from me because snakes have been seen under my bottomboards. I have seen me crap my pants when this happens. A friend of mine who lives on the TN/AL border told me that he tries not to kill Mr cottonmouth because there is usually another that then gets you. Is this a superstition or do they stay in pairs?
Got out of the drift boat in eastern Oregon high desert and was getting rid of some coffee. About half way done one of those suckers let go. Tell you want, not the position you want to be in for your first rattler encounter! I hit him with some rocks, the guy I was with almost beat my *****. Said you kill it or you leave it alone, now we got an injured snake in the area. Thought I would chime in with what most of you snake guys already knew- Live and learn.
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Growing up in Florida, I used to catch and sell snakes. Poisonous ones brought the most money. We always were happy to catch Cottonmouths (we just called them moccasins) and Eastern Diamondback Rattlers. We mostly sold them to Ross Allen's Reptile Institute in Silver Springs. It was good pocket money. There must be places there now to sell these snakes, as venom is still needed to produce anti venom. Seems like another way to make money keeping bees to me.
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My Dad and cousin had a cottonmouth fall into a jon boat out of a willow tree while running a trotline once. They about sunk the boat trying to beat that snake to death with anything they could grab. On another trip, when I was in the boat, we were running a trotline and had a small catfish on a hook, and a cottonmouth, which was still alive and had not drowned yet, had tried to eat the little catfish and gotten hooked. We decided to cut off that hook instead of trying to remove the hook from the snake's mouth. Good times when you are a kid.
Those are some brave snakes, and territorial. They are the only snakes I've ever been around that will sometimes come towards people instead of trying to slither away.