Rattlesnakes of Arizona - 9 species of venomous pit vipers from Sonoran desert

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Awesome video.
I was taught to catch snakes around 20 years ago, I went to many training days and got to handle the Eastern brown snake on various occasions and on one memorable day I handled a Western Taipan.
I've been bitten by red belly black snakes twice and did a few weeks in hospital for the last one and very nearly lost my left index finger which would have made guitar a tad difficult.
Never handled a rattle snake though which isn't surprising given they belong to a different continent.
Here's a pic of a redbelly for your viewing pleasure and definitely not mine.
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Awesome video.
I was taught to catch snakes around 20 years ago, I went to many training days and got to handle the Eastern brown snake on various occasions and on one memorable day I handled a Western Taipan.
I've been bitten by red belly black snakes twice and did a few weeks in hospital for the last one and very nearly lost my left index finger which would have made guitar a tad difficult.
Never handled a rattle snake though which isn't surprising given they belong to a different continent.
Here's a pic of a redbelly for your viewing pleasure and definitely not mine.
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Gutsy stuff!
I've been trained up as a snake catcher (thru my work) but we use an implement to herd them into a sack. I've yet to actually put the skills to use, and I'm not in a hurry to either! Snakes don't bother me as much as spiders do!
 

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Rattlesnakes fascinate me. Probably the worst snake to bit by in North America. (Particularly the Pacific Rattler). You get bit by a Copperhead, or even a Cottonmouth and you prob don't even need antivenom.

You get bit by a rattler, and chances are you are in for one hell of a ride...(if you make it.) As a guitarist, I steer clear of handling em.

If I lost a finger due to picking up a snake...I would probably end it all!
 

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Rattlesnakes fascinate me. Probably the worst snake to bit by in North America. (Particularly the Pacific Rattler). You get bit by a Copperhead, or even a Cottonmouth and you prob don't even need antivenom.

You get bit by a rattler, and chances are you are in for one hell of a ride...(if you make it.) As a guitarist, I steer clear of handling em.

If I lost a finger due to picking up a snake...I would probably end it all!

Mojave Greens have both neurotoxic and hemotoxic venom, and are aggressive. I have heard of people being chased by one.
 

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Ya. Mojave most dangerous and the eastern the biggest. I had no idea of all the different species in Arizona
 

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Gutsy stuff!
I've been trained up as a snake catcher (thru my work) but we use an implement to herd them into a sack. I've yet to actually put the skills to use, and I'm not in a hurry to either! Snakes don't bother me as much as spiders do!
I should have used my modified golf club to herd it into the bag but because I'd been doing it for years I got overconfident and made a mistake. Nowdays I just do tree snakes and carpet pythons...Black snakes make me super nervous now for some unfathomable reason.
 

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Rattlesnakes fascinate me. Probably the worst snake to bit by in North America. (Particularly the Pacific Rattler). You get bit by a Copperhead, or even a Cottonmouth and you prob don't even need antivenom.
Cottonmouth may not be as venomous, but I’ve never seen a mob of rattlesnakes swimming where I’m water-skiing! :eek:

Personally, I like rattlesnakes. What other dangerous animal tries to tell you you’re being stupid before you do something stupid? :D
 

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I kind of wanted to see a rattler from a safe distance when we were hiking around Sedona a few years ago. I didn’t which I guess is just as well.
 




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