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Old July 22nd, 2009, 03:07 PM
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My brother Cabell sent me this in an email and I thought I would share.

[font='Helvetica','sans-serif']Look below at the photo. I thought you might need to see what's out there when you are walking around this summer. This happened Monday in Chowan County on Colony Drive, about a 1/2 mile from Route 94. For those of you not familiar as to where Edenton, Chowan County, NC is located, it is about 40 miles due west of Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks.Please be careful![/font][font='Verdana','sans-serif'][/font]


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[font='Helvetica','sans-serif'] They grow 'em big in Chowan county [/font][font='Verdana','sans-serif'][/font]


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[font='Helvetica','sans-serif']97 lb rattlesnake found just east of Edenton, NC[/font][font='Verdana','sans-serif'][/font]


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[font='Helvetica','sans-serif']9 feet, 1 inch - 97 lbs. - Biggest rattler found since Ross Allen captured one in 1969 that measured 9 feet, 1 inch but only weighed 78 lbs. [/font][font='Verdana','sans-serif'][/font]


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[font='Helvetica','sans-serif']This old guy was found inside a open water hole near an abandoned house.[/font][font='Verdana','sans-serif'][/font]


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Old July 22nd, 2009, 03:19 PM
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I've seen a lot of big eastern diamondbacks back home in Washington, NC. I remember going to the Outerbanks on Highway 64 close to Manns Harbor and seeing Rattlers the length of a lane of traffic.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 03:28 PM
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 03:31 PM
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I think this is the same one that is supposed to be pictured;

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Old July 22nd, 2009, 03:48 PM
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thats it- not sure how that happend it was just a photo in the email but when I cut and pasted it became a link here.

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I've seen a lot of big eastern diamondbacks back home in Washington, NC. I remember going to the Outerbanks on Highway 64 close to Manns Harbor and seeing Rattlers the length of a lane of traffic.
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I am not buying the stated weight. I bet Neil could not even hold a 90 plus pound snake out in front of him on a stick like that guy is
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 05:12 PM
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I am not buying the stated weight. I bet Neil could not even hold a 90 plus pound snake out in front of him on a stick like that guy is
I was going to say the same thing. That looks like about a 40lb rattler.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 05:49 PM
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Look at the size of the hook vs. the body size. It's a camera illusion. That's probably a 6 footer, and nowhere near the stated weight.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 07:17 PM
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I googled 9ft rattlesnake and a whole bunch of results pop up. All this picture but from Texas, Missouri, Arkansas etc- appears to be hoax.
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I worked for a surveying firm back in the 1970's based out of Atlanta - one of our big projects was a topographical survey of the Kings Bay Naval Base in St Mary's, Georgia. Luckily I only spent two weeks down on that job as I was usually working in North Georgia - it was too hot, swampy, and buggy for my taste down on the coast (especially in the summer).

When we first got to Kings Bay we were escorted to the survey office which was in an eight foot wide trailer. The job superintendent stressed that we were to wear our snake leggings at all times out in the field - as a way of getting his point across he pointed to the end wall of the trailer....

There was an Eastern Diamondback snake skin pinned to the 8' wall that wrapped a couple of inches onto both side walls - and this was without the head and rattles. The skin was over a foot wide in the middle and the head had been the size of a shovel. That snake was at least 9 feet long before it was decapitated.

Normally we would leave snakes alone when we disturbed them (if running away screaming SNAKE! or taking giant backwards leaps was considered normal behavior) but this guy had been sunning himself on the far side of a log on one of the small islands in the channel just before one of the other crew chiefs almost stepped on him. Glenn had a machete in his hand (Navy wouldn't let us carry anything more lethal than a bush axe) and he got the snake JUST before it got him. It reared back to strike and Glenn got the machete between him and the snake just in time. That snake could have easily struck him above the knee high leggings we wore and probably would have knocked him down with the force of the hit. I don't remember how much it weighed but it was the biggest rattlesnake I've ever seen or heard of.

I was very glad to get back to Chickamauga two weeks later - something about wading out into a chest deep swamp at 7:30 in the morning just wasn't very appealing (especially when you could see suspicious ripples swimming away from you in the shadows). One of the other crew members was bitten by a water moccasin and another one was stung over 160 times by yellow jackets - not a very hospitable place.
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I worked for a surveying firm back in the 1970's based out of Atlanta - one of our big projects was a topographical survey of the Kings Bay Naval Base in St Mary's, Georgia. Luckily I only spent two weeks down on that job as I was usually working in North Georgia - it was too hot, swampy, and buggy for my taste down on the coast (especially in the summer).

When we first got to Kings Bay we were escorted to the survey office which was in an eight foot wide trailer. The job superintendent stressed that we were to wear our snake leggings at all times out in the field - as a way of getting his point across he pointed to the end wall of the trailer....

There was an Eastern Diamondback snake skin pinned to the 8' wall that wrapped a couple of inches onto both side walls - and this was without the head and rattles. The skin was over a foot wide in the middle and the head had been the size of a shovel. That snake was at least 9 feet long before it was decapitated.

Normally we would leave snakes alone when we disturbed them (if running away screaming SNAKE! or taking giant backwards leaps was considered normal behavior) but this guy had been sunning himself on the far side of a log on one of the small islands in the channel just before one of the other crew chiefs almost stepped on him. Glenn had a machete in his hand (Navy wouldn't let us carry anything more lethal than a bush axe) and he got the snake JUST before it got him. It reared back to strike and Glenn got the machete between him and the snake just in time. That snake could have easily struck him above the knee high leggings we wore and probably would have knocked him down with the force of the hit. I don't remember how much it weighed but it was the biggest rattlesnake I've ever seen or heard of.

I was very glad to get back to Chickamauga two weeks later - something about wading out into a chest deep swamp at 7:30 in the morning just wasn't very appealing (especially when you could see suspicious ripples swimming away from you in the shadows). One of the other crew members was bitten by a water moccasin and another one was stung over 160 times by yellow jackets - not a very hospitable place.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 08:38 AM
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Don't forget the chiggers!
What he said!

I'm not sure which is worse.

Yeah...I've been bitten by a rattlesnake, too. In the thumb...not one of my finer moments.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 08:50 AM
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We also had to wear mosquito nets and two long sleeve shirts - the bugs could bit right through a single layer - pants tucked into our boots and a thorough application of industrial strength deet.

You had to eat your lunch with one hand holding your sandwich inside the mosquito net - and yes there were chiggers too along with all the other creepy crawlies that just seemed intent on biting the heck out of any warm mammal that came their way.
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Ive been some bad places with my current job but no where close to being that bad. I hardly ever see snakes which is really surprising. My snake chaps are hip high, I should probably wear them more than I do but they are so damn hot.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 10:06 AM
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That just gives me the heebies! Growing up in south Louisiana I ran into plenty of snakes, I have no love for them at all. Chrisvon is on a rattlesnake hunting kick right now, every trip to Hidden Falls requires roaming around looking for them, bleh! I will say though they are yummy when cooked up!
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My brother Cabell sent me this in an email and I thought I would share.







[font=Helvetica','sans-serif]Look below at the photo. I thought you might need to see what's out there when you are walking around this summer. This happened Monday in Chowan County on Colony Drive, about a 1/2 mile from Route 94. For those of you not familiar as to where Edenton, Chowan County, NC is located, it is about 40 miles due west of Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks.Please be careful![/font]





HAHA NICE. My parents have lived in Edenton for about 5 years now. I'll have to tell them about this!
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