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by flintknapper
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Hunting Photos
Topic: Watch Where You Walk
Replies: 54
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Re: Watch Where You Walk

Oldgringo wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:25 pm
Does everybody know the difference between a Coral snake and a King snake?
Probably not.

My guess is the majority of folks would not be able to tell a Milksnake from a Scarlet Kingsnake from a Coral snake.

Certain Shovel Nose snakes also have a similar pattern, but they don't occur in Texas.
by flintknapper
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Hunting Photos
Topic: Watch Where You Walk
Replies: 54
Views: 4359

Re: Watch Where You Walk

It is well.... to be respectful of the venomous snakes we have in the State, but most snakes are beneficial IF not up around your home or outbuildings.

I was clearing some brush from around a tree in our pasture this afternoon and caught this Buttermilk Racer (a fairly rare snake). This is the third one (BMR) I've seen on my property this year..but the ONLY one I've been able to catch. They are fast...and love to bite.

by flintknapper
Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Hunting Photos
Topic: Watch Where You Walk
Replies: 54
Views: 4359

Re: Watch Where You Walk

Maxwell wrote:
Actually they have a nerve toxin that is extremely dangerous to us humans, but you are right in that they are fairly docile and their fangs are in the back of their mouths. They must get enough flesh to chew on, not stab like the other poisonous snakes we have (copperheads, moccasins, and a variety of rattlers depending on where in the state you are). Coral snakes also kill other poisonous snakes.
The Coral Snake does possess a Neuro-toxic venom and they do tend to be a docile snake. A couple of misnomers about the coral however:

1. They are NOT rear fanged. They are a front fanged snake but have 'fixed' fangs.
2. It is often said they must 'chew' on their prey to deliver their venom. Corals do tend to chew...but do not HAVE to chew to inject venom. The venom is highly toxic but typically small in volume. For this reason... the snake tends to bite and 'HOLD' on.

I would also add that Coral Snakes can open their mouths much wider than many folks realize. You will often hear it parroted that Coral snakes would need to bite you on a finger or between the fingers, etc... This is patently false....but they DO need to be able to 'grab' their victim.

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