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    This for you, Rock...lol

    I have been doing a lot of kayaking this summer on our river after the flood, artifacts are tough this time of year, been focusing on fossils and fun, have found some pretty nice fossils though...
    Anyway, I feel this Northern Water Snake deserves some attention and respect.
    I'm in NE Iowa, things grow pretty big here, with the fertile soil, it all trickles down the food chain. Take a look at our whitetails sometime.
    I came across this beauty last weekend, I'd say 5 or 6 feet long?? Non-poisonous, but still pretty intimidating...lol. I'm guessing she would tip the scales around 20 lbs? Just a gorgeous and rare specimen that size. Very rare for them to get that big.
    I love snakes, in case you havn't noticed!!
    Sounds like I'll be digging again soon.
    Later, take care and happy hunting,
    BCI
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    I was wading in a creek earlier this summer and walked up on a huge snake shed. That almost broke me from creek hunting. This fat rat most defiantly would break me from creek hunting.
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    I was in the water five minutes before I took this photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorBoy View Post
    I was in the water five minutes before I took this photo.

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    I was born preprogrammed not to creek hunt any further south than where I live.
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    Don't let TV fool you, gators are pretty much harmless. They unjustly get a bad rap. I would welcome them here, if only they were tough enough...
    Quote Originally Posted by GatorBoy View Post
    I was in the water five minutes before I took this photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bci101tractors View Post
    Don't let TV fool you, gators are pretty much harmless. They unjustly get a bad rap. I would welcome them here, if only they were tough enough...
    I agree.. they almost always do everything possible to avoid a physical confrontation with a full grown human..people just aren't on the menue...If it happens to be mating season and you get close to a female guarding a nest..then she will puff up and hiss to hopefully further avoid confrontation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bci101tractors View Post
    I have been doing a lot of kayaking this summer on our river after the flood, artifacts are tough this time of year, been focusing on fossils and fun, have found some pretty nice fossils though...
    Anyway, I feel this Northern Water Snake deserves some attention and respect.
    I'm in NE Iowa, things grow pretty big here, with the fertile soil, it all trickles down the food chain. Take a look at our whitetails sometime.
    I came across this beauty last weekend, I'd say 5 or 6 feet long?? Non-poisonous, but still pretty intimidating...lol. I'm guessing she would tip the scales around 20 lbs? Just a gorgeous and rare specimen that size. Very rare for them to get that big.
    I love snakes, in case you havn't noticed!!
    Sounds like I'll be digging again soon.
    Later, take care and happy hunting,
    BCI
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    Dang! Now that's a big snake! We've been making alot of noise and the water snakes are going away from us, so far lol Also, I have a small pond across from one section of the creek and it's full of frogs...thinking that is a good distraction for the creek hunting. What color is her belly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorBoy View Post

    I agree.. they almost always do everything possible to avoid a physical confrontation with a full grown human..people just aren't on the menue...If it happens to be mating season and you get close to a female guarding a nest..then she will puff up and hiss to hopefully further avoid confrontation.
    "They ALMOST always do...." Lol! I got a pact with alligators and such creatures. I don't bother them, they don't bother me. Lol! I guess if they were an everyday creature here, I'd learn to live with them. I'm having to adjust to bears at present.

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    At once they were like gators are. Once in a blue moon one would wander in where I live. Now, they aren't very rare.
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    I got within an arm reach of her and she never did move, normally the bellys of the Northern water snakes here is a dull yellow. This one is by far the largest I have ever came across and I have spent many, many hours hunting snakes around here. State record perhaps, if those were kept...lol. When I say hunting, that does not mean killing. We also have timber rattlers here as well that get pretty big. I have seen longer bull and rat snakes, but never anything with the girth of this one...it was pretty awesome.
    They do like to eat frogs, and like the still water of a pond. Even this big one is completely harmless.
    Thanks Peaches

    Quote Originally Posted by NCPeaches View Post
    Dang! Now that's a big snake! We've been making alot of noise and the water snakes are going away from us, so far lol Also, I have a small pond across from one section of the creek and it's full of frogs...thinking that is a good distraction for the creek hunting. What color is her belly?
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    First thing I said was OH LORD! Ill probably have nightmares now. Thanks Steve. I havent seen but 1 snake this yr and it was a Cooper Head. I stayed in my truck and shot NC a pic of it. Other than that none. It is illegal to kill a snake in Ga. I am guessing cause they eat rats which help the farmers and their live stock. I dont enjoy killing any wild life but the snakes I will try to ignore them or go the other way. I was hoping you had a nice arrowhead to show us.
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    Very nice photo of the snake! When I was much younger I was a lot braver in catching them, but as I got older I tend to give them a little more respect. I'm not scared of snakes, it's just that when I was younger I did catch and handle a lot of poisonous snakes (cobra's and vipers) without the fear they could really harm me.
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    Ha, ya I thought of you right away when I came upon it.
    Hopefully I will have some nice arrowheads shortly for you...its really hot and the weeds are really tall right now, I'll keep you posted.
    Quote Originally Posted by rock View Post
    First thing I said was OH LORD! Ill probably have nightmares now. Thanks Steve. I havent seen but 1 snake this yr and it was a Cooper Head. I stayed in my truck and shot NC a pic of it. Other than that none. It is illegal to kill a snake in Ga. I am guessing cause they eat rats which help the farmers and their live stock. I dont enjoy killing any wild life but the snakes I will try to ignore them or go the other way. I was hoping you had a nice arrowhead to show us.
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    Rock,

    I've never heard of such a law in Georgia where it is illegal to kill a snake. I don't promote the killing of snakes because they have a job to do too, However, the bad ones can be a hazard around houses and need to be dispatched away from kids. In the fields where I arrowhead hunt, I am in their home, I respect that, and will walk around them if I can. However, a cotton mouth is fair game no matter where that evil s.o.b. is. JMO.

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    I agree if it is a bad one. But to tell you the truth I usually just run if I see one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bci101tractors View Post
    Ha, ya I thought of you right away when I came upon it.
    Hopefully I will have some nice arrowheads shortly for you...its really hot and the weeds are really tall right now, I'll keep you posted.
    Yeah I was going to go tomorrow to the creek but of course it is raining rite now. But I am going trout fishing with a friend in the morning. Never know what I might catch!
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