snake bit

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Stinky, Apr 19, 2003.

  1. Stinky

    Stinky LawnSite Member
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    well, it finally happened, 3 foot long black snake finally got ahold of my leg yesterday. I tried to shake him off but he wanted to hang on. Fever this morning and a swelled leg, but other than that just a normal day
     
  2. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
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    One of my big fears is that I'll get tagged by a copper head or (God forbid!) an eastern diamondback that's sitting in a clump of bushes as I pass by with my hedger.

    This is snake season in North FL. Had a coachwhip get scared and run underneath my deck as I accidently traped him against a wall.

    Normally I leave snakes alone...all except the cotton mouth. Those things are nasty and don't run from people half the time. They don't have a rattle and are mean tempered!

    The mouth of a snake is often so septic that getting a disease or tissue damage is quite common.

    Good luck.

    Cordially,
    S.
     
  3. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My mother was babysitting my bobcat hybrid (domestic cat and bobcat mating)

    She was bit, get the fever, chills, etc, then felt better. She ignored it and eventually nearly had to undergo an amputation of her leg...

    It's not the copperheads you should worry about, they have antivenom, you just calmly go to a hospital, try not to get excited and get your blood puming fast.

    It's the black snakes that have the dirties mouths, and the INFECTION not the venom that is dangerous.

    Just my $.02

    KB
     
  4. jsr2741

    jsr2741 LawnSite Senior Member
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    A few years back while fishing I was walking through some high grass around a pond when I got nailed on the back of my ankle. My initial response was to kick it off and the snake went flying through the air, therefore I could not tell what kind of snake it was. Knew it wasn't a rattler but wasn't sure if it was a blacksnake or watermocacin.

    Went to the doc a.s.a.p., she said it was probably a black snake but made me get a tetanus shot. She said snakes have a lot of bacteria in their mouths.

    You might want to look into the tetanus shot just to be safe.
     
  5. Birken Vogt

    Birken Vogt LawnSite Member
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    I had a nasty old cat like that, that would bite you too. If it broke the skin you would get an infection every time.

    Birken
     
  6. Dan1944

    Dan1944 LawnSite Member
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    Well it just so happens that I was cutting a customers lawn last week, Wednesday 4/9, I was making a pass near the side walk with my Z and noticed (BIG TIME) this 4 ft Diamond back on the sidewalk, I am sure it was on the lawn that I had been cutting. It was not injured, We had a pretty cold morning for Central Florida so this guy was very sluggish. Well since I was in a development with children visible to me, I dispatched him with my longest handle shovel. He had not moved in the time it took me to stop the Z and get the shovel out of he truck. Some may criticize what I did or consider me an idiot, but under the same conditions I would do it again. I leave rat and black snakes alone. I have the skin mounted on a board and I am in the process of tanning it.
     
  7. crs

    crs LawnSite Member
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    I was up under a mower changing blades when I looked over eye to eye with a rat snake. I calmly got up and tried to shu him out of my shop when he got all bent out of shape about it. I threw him out and he came right back in the shop. I did decide to kill it because I have kids in the 'hood and a very curious black lab.

    If it would have just stayed out of MY shop...


    BTW get thee to a doctor and get checked out. I know of a couple of folks that have gotten nasty infections
     
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
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    black snakes are usually prettyharmless,except to baby birds , rabbits ,rats etc.if id been under that mower tho. they would have had to do major surgery to sew my head up,i suspect.:)
     
  9. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dan,

    I believe that what you did was illegal, though I am not sure. It's illegal to kill a rattler here in east TN. So of course, no one here would think of breaking the law. Besides, the copperheads'll run off the rattlers, won't they?

    Stinky,
    A blacksnake, or rat snake, would be a dirty bite indeed. Look at their diet, rats. You should maybe get it looked at, or self-prescribe some Dickel. Hey, a three-footer, at least it was just a little guy. I got bigger than that in the spring house.
    Crawdad
     
  10. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ya know I was sittin here havin a couple a drinks, listenin to Trace Adkins, Ya know the :"I'm Tryin". Then I came to this thread......My God I hate snakes!!!!!:eek: If it is illegal to kill em, well just throw me in the slammer right now!!

    If I see one he will be mince meat in bout 5 secs. If I was in a boat an a maccasin decided to drop in. There is no way that boat would be able to float after that! Oh Man I hate the damn things!!!!
     

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