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Thread: Have you ever seen a Poisonous Snake in Indiana?

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    Several years ago,,and all of this is in Martin Co..send that Game Warden down here,,I I can show him copperheads if he wants hunt for them on my 40 acres,,but several years ago,,while plowing a very old field on the hunt club I was a member of, as we decided to plant wild life food plots,,this field was only about 3 acres in the bottoms,,as I turned the furrows over,,wearing a 357 mag..I killed about 20 copperheads all the way up to 3.5 - 4ft long and super fat..every pass,,they would be laying on the furrows as looking like what happend...well,,I looked back around the single bottom plow,,and 2 of them were wrapped around it,,and I was plinking away at a steel plow freaking out,,as me and snakes just don't get along since Vietnam and encounters with all the pit vipers over there, as well as cobras in the jungles..South East Coral Sea snakes,,,all deadly posionous...but killing that rattler 2 yrs ago,,it was a small one,,so me and the GF have constantly had our eyes peeled all the time,,as you kill a small one,,there had to be a nest some where close, and I am still looking,,but we see copperheads every now and then,,just going to the mail box,,its why I keep the grass mowed so low,,they won't come into the yard with no cover. Anywhere you have weeds,,you have field mice,,and anywhere you have field mice,,you have snakes,,especially the copperheads,,stay out of the weeds,,and you won't have any problems,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkFred2002 View Post
    Why cucumbers? Interesting
    Copperheads give off an odor that smells much like cucumbers.
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    And,,in the summer,,,they will let you walk right up to them and almost step on them,,and won't move sometimes...I have walked thru weed fields down here,,and something tells me to look down,,and sure enough,.,my foot is less that a inch away from one..I just jump about 5 ft in the air, and run like heck,,as it freaks me out to this day,,now if I see one in front of me,,I can mess with it,,no problems,,I hate snakes,,and if they try and get in the boat,,,I am going to beat the snott out of them,,lol

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    I hate them too!!!!!!!!!
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    A good snake is a dead snake.
    Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

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    Snakes are my fav animal...I dont know why people are so scared of them....just leave them alone and they MOSTLY leave you alone :D

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    I really see a need for snakes,,however,,poison ones,,have no place around me,,I once saw a 8 yr old vietnames girl,,after we had been hit by 2 typoons,,of which the second was a mother of a storm with 250 mph winds,,blew the ocean of South China Sea 35 miles inland and flooded everything for a couple of weeks,,she climbed into a bunker,,to get rice for the mom to cook,,and got bit by a South Coral Sea Snake,,we medivaced her,,but in 30 minutes,,she died,,,I also watched a South Vietnamese Popular Forces Soldier,,(kinda like our nat. guard that we trained,) Step on a 2 step viper,,as we had nicnamed it,,it was poisonous,,and he died in about 5 minutes,,they have no place in my book when we have other snakes that can take their places.

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    Will not harm a non poisonous snake. If it is poisonous it will die. SSS (shoot, shovel, shut up)

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    Martin County has some big rattlesnakes. I remember seeing pictures of a huge one killed maybe 15 years ago at somebody's cabin.

    I've seen copperheads and rattlers both in Indiana over the years, but never seen a cottonmouth except in Kentucky. I've also heard that there are cottonmouths in Pike County, but I don't know that for a fact.

    Most of Indiana is out of the range for most poisonous snakes except for the Massasauga Rattler, even though copperheads are pretty common in the southern part of the state.

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    NW corner of the state we get an occassional timber rattler sighting up in the Dunes, and we have massasaugas occassionally seen in our many wetland and marshy areas. Some years back a nest of copperheads was found in Cedar Lake.

    The one snake that causes the most problems up here is the brown water snake - normally it'll slither away from you, but once in awhile you run into an aggressive one. They're not poisonous, but if bitten, see a doctor asap - they live in stagnant water area and carry a lot of nasty germs, so it's extremely likely you end up with an extremely bad staph infection.
    Roaming the banks of the Kankakee River and anywhere else fish might lurk.

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