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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Be careful out there

    I'm a trapper, so I would suggest, if you want, put a snake trap such as this under a hive or 2. http://www.cahabasnaketrapsales.com/id47.html That was funny about the cardiovascular exercise. I think I would have gotten my leg exercise heading for my shotgun too LOL.
    Before a bee stings, it will be sure to let you know that it will hurt them more than it will hurt you.

  2. #22
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    Thank you for reminding me that even tho we suffer thru 6 months of winter here, we have pretty much no poisonous snakes (except for a rare rattler they say).

  3. #23
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    Manitoba Canada
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    Default Re: Be careful out there

    Yikes!
    One advantage of living up here, no snakes!
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

  4. #24
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    Jackson, MO
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    Does gunfire stir up bees much?

    I put my hives up off the ground about a foot to 18". It keeps the skunks out and the snakes out from under. We killed 5 timber rattlers last summer in the rabbit pens. Copperheads abound all over farm.

  5. #25
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    Weeki Wachee, Florida,USA
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    Default Re: Be careful out there

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    We have a growing population of Pythons here. The one in the photo is 18'8" and a record. I think average adult snake is more like 10'-12'.
    The good news is they aren't poisonous and can't fit under a hive.
    The range of these snake roughly coincides with our Brazilian pepper and the majority of our orange groves.
    Come down bring your bees these snakes won't bother you unless they are hungry.

  6. #26
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    Too bad the gators don't eat 'em.

  7. #27
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    Jackson, MO
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    That one would make several pair of nice boots.

  8. #28
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    Stillwell, KS
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    Default Re: Be careful out there

    Copperheads as poison snakes go are very non-aggressive and seldom strike humans or large animals.

    Prairie Rattlers on the other hand will flat out get you.

  9. #29

    Default Re: Be careful out there

    Quote Originally Posted by D Semple View Post
    seldom strike humans or large animals.
    Rarely being the operative word. As I said in an earlier post...the property owner's horse has been bitten and is running up a sizeable vet bill.
    On the other hand...I don't kill those I come across in the wild....but give all of them plenty of respect.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

  10. #30
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    Mar 2011
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    Otero County, New Mexico, USA
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    Default Re: Be careful out there

    Yep - we have eight different varieties of rattlers here. See them all the time. Even the nasty Mojave Rattlers.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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