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  1. #1

    Feb 2007
    Colorado
    MX5 plus many others in the past
    140
    10 times

    Rattle Snakes

    In the winter in the AZ desert are there rattle snakes around or do the go lay up for the winter? When you see them are they in the open or are they usually concealed?
    Thanks...John

  2. #2

    Feb 2007
    Garrett's
    26

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    It would depend on the temperature. Snakes are reptiles and cold blooded. They cannot regulate their body heat. So, during colder times they are lethargic and don't move around much. During excessive heat (mid-day summer), they lay up in the shade trying to cool.

    The point is always be vigilant when in snake country. Move slowly. Don't put your hand where you can't see and wear snake leggings.

  3. #3
    Ranger Paul

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    May I add that rattlesnakes are a vital part of the eco system. If you find one just give it plenty of room and enjoy them in THEIR habitat. Please don't harm them. Now, if you find one living under your porch, that's a little different story!

  4. #4
    us
    May 2006
    Mesa, AZ
    None
    1,807
    294 times
    Prospecting

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    Exactly.
    If you see/hear a rattle snake, try to go the other direction and don't make any sudden moves! They won't strike you unless they think your going to step on them, or harm them. People who get bit USUALLY are toying with the snake, prodding at it with sticks or throwing rocks at it.

    I had my first encounter with a rattler a few days ago. Scared the hell outta me. He was 1 and 1/2' away from me, but didn't start rattling until I was walking away. Thankfully he didn't strike at me. Seems kinda early for a snake to be out, but it's really warm here during the day now.

    If you just take caution, and wear snake protection, you'll be fine. I don't wear gaiters (sp?), but should...
    Sincerely,
    Randy Wright
    History Lover

  5. #5
    TreasureTales

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    Rattlesnakes are often out at night and on roadways when the days are hot, the pavement radiates the heat at night so they can get charged up on paved roads. When the days are cold, they tend to stay in their tunnels and live on the last meal they ate prior to going into their semi-hibernation. Like others have said, they are cold-blooded and don't move around so much when it's cold. Still, when in snake country, it's always best to err on the side of caution and never put feet or hands in places you can't see completely...ie, crevices, between rocks, under logs, etc. Snakes can be anywhere at just about any time. Something might make them go into the open even when it's wintertime so don't rely on the temperature - always use caution. Most snakes want to get away from you as much as you want to get away from them. Although, they are predators and will advance if they can't flee. A good quality pair of snakeproof gaitors might alleviate some of your trepidation.

  6. #6
    us
    Mar 2003
    Redding,Calif.
    5,838
    6644 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    A 357 mag fulla snake shot is all the protection I care to wear, Gators are good for legs but we humans have a whole lotta acreage that ain't on your legs!!Tons a au 2 u 2-John

  7. #7

    Feb 2007
    Ridgecres, Ca
    Whites Spectrum Eagle and Minelab GP 3000
    16

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    Snakes are sometimes a mans best friend!!!!! Long story, but the short of it is my biggest gold nugget (6.5 grams) found near (Randsburg, Ca) area was soley due to a 4' Mojave Green Rattlesnake just about eight feet in front of me!! Yes, it sent shivers down my spine and sent me off in a southeastern direction soiled drawers n all (kiddin). Just about seventy-five yards out I got a loud crisp signal....six to seven inches down was the "cornflake" in red dirt. I found it with my Whites XLT....yes my White's XLT in the prospecting mode. A little bit of a note.....that snake steered me in the right direction for that nugget....I have been back over that ground a few more times, and nothing. Right place at the right time! I pack a 357 mag and could have easily have "popped" him......but I didn't. With the heavy rains from last year the food chain has multiplied ten fold. I have seen more field mice, snakes, rabbits, Bobcats, quail and chukar than I have seen all my years living in the desert. So, do be cautious.....(us that wear the headphones) proper gear and a good eye watching out will probably keep you safe. I now have the utmost respect to all our critters that share our hunting grounds......for more reasons than one.
    I will post a pic of the nugget here in a few days.
    Marshall

  8. #8

    Feb 2007
    Colorado
    MX5 plus many others in the past
    140
    10 times

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    Hey 6shooter,
    That's pretty cool, it was just meant to be..can't wait to see that nug

  9. #9
    us
    Mar 2003
    Redding,Calif.
    5,838
    6644 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    Fine you respect and I'll kill every last one I see. MANY other snakes in Kalif to take care of the rodents and i don't hug trees either.John

  10. #10

    Feb 2007
    Ridgecres, Ca
    Whites Spectrum Eagle and Minelab GP 3000
    16

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    Hey Hoser,
    We all have our opinions and actions.....some not always the nicest. Maybe one day you'll be "hugging a tree" while the rattler you shot at and missed sinks his fangs in your nutsack!

    ps.........kalif is spelled Calif

  11. #11
    es
    Apr 2005
    Sardinera, Mona Island
    GTI2500,Seahunter Mark II, Eagle eye two box
    383
    4 times

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    Sixshooter
    So, do be cautious.....(us that wear the headphones)
    That's the point,..How you're going to hear a rattle snake if you wear a headphone??

    Amona
    "Live your Adventure"

  12. #12

    Feb 2007
    Ridgecres, Ca
    Whites Spectrum Eagle and Minelab GP 3000
    16

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    We all know the risks......in anything and everything that we do....so precautions should be taken. You wear headphones.................use your eyes, wear boots, wear chaps. I think they taught us that in drivers education.....beware of your surroundings, be on the defensive....you never know what you may encounter. For those that dive.....do you speargun a shark just because it happens to be in it's own home that you're invading by treasure hunting I think you all get my point......I'm not against defending my life......but when I can avoid taking the life of something else just because I don't like it....I won't and it would be wrong if I did. Bottom line....know your environment and take precautions!

  13. #13
    us
    May 2006
    Mesa, AZ
    None
    1,807
    294 times
    Prospecting

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Amona
    Sixshooter
    So, do be cautious.....(us that wear the headphones)
    That's the point,..How you're going to hear a rattle snake if you wear a headphone??

    Amona
    They make open eared headphones that when wearing, you can still hear things going on around you. I have a pair, though I haven't used them to go detectoring, I plan to. I can hear the beeps, and things around me if I need to.
    Sincerely,
    Randy Wright
    History Lover

  14. #14
    us
    dig deep...dig everything

    Mar 2007
    San Diego, Mexifornia
    Minelab Sovereign Gt, Minelab SD2200v2, Minelab ExlporerSE Pro 2
    229
    4 times

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    Quote Originally Posted by sixshooter
    Hey Hoser,
    We all have our opinions and actions.....some not always the nicest. Maybe one day you'll be "hugging a tree" while the rattler you shot at and missed sinks his fangs in your nutsack!

    ps.........kalif is spelled Calif
    I agree, We go to Ridgecrest a lot for Endurance Rides (with horses) and I have seen a few. Give them the respect they deserve. Then chop their heads off with a shovel (just kidding) Rattlesnakes are a needed resource (what kind I have no idea)
    Remember: "Without Truck Drivers America Stops "
    "When all else fails Amateur Radio"
    "Why do we have to Press 1 to Speak English in The United States of America"
    "I need more Coffee & Old Bushmills"
    U.S. Marines do not suffer from insanity we enjoy every minute of it !
    "Semper

  15. #15
    us
    Dec 2005
    New Mexico
    Fisher Gold Bug 2, Gold Bug Pro, MINELAB X-TERRA 705, White's GMT, White's Pulse scan TDI. Sierra Gold Trac
    50
    30 times
    Prospecting

    Re: Rattle Snakes

    Deep fried like catfish, sure are tasty!
    LOL

 

 
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