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    Dan Gamache

    Aug 2013
    East Mesa, Arizona
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    Using rattlesnakes to locate lodes, caches, and treasure.

    This is just theoretical for now, however as my health improves I intend to take to the field and try to prove it out. I started to think about this when I was prospecting in the Picketpost Mountain area about 2000. I noticed that some areas held no snakes, some areas held some snakes, and other areas had snakes that would fill the air like a reptile orchestra. When one went off, the whole valley would start vibrating.

    So here is my theory. Seeing that rattlesnakes are pit vipers and sense and are attracted to heat and that gold sinks the heat during the day and radiates it at night, then it seems natural to conclude that rattlesnakes would den up on lodes, chaches, veins, and treasure burials.

    So I have decided to run toward snakes instead of away from them when I am hunting for gold.

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    Rattlesnake a pit viper.

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    Long Nosed Snake not a pit viper.
    Last edited by elgatodelnoche; Oct 21, 2013 at 11:48 AM. Reason: long nosed snake misidentified as coral snake
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    us
    Jan 2013
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    tell us how it goes if you live through it better wear stove pipes lol
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    Jul 2012
    Holmes County Ohio
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    interesting.....I've read about bats helping to locate underground cavities, why not snakes?
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    interesting Theory ! I suppose it's worth a thought when out in the Field.

    When I read the title I wondered if you were going to send them into
    cracks with Mini Cameras on their heads

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgatodelnoche View Post
    This is just theoretical for now, however as my health improves I intend to take to the field and try to prove it out. ....
    Are you currently recovering from a snake bite?

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    Dan Gamache

    Aug 2013
    East Mesa, Arizona
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    Thanks for the replies everybody, and no Moonrover I am not recovering from a snake bite. I am recovering from chronic fatigue and obesity.

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    There is also the belief that Spanish miners put rattlesnakes in treasure vaults to protect their gold while they were away.
    In that case, they may be worth investigating. To get the rattlesnakes out, throw in some gasoline and the fumes will make
    many of them slither out.
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    Good luck,
    Rich

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    us
    Jan 2013
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    Oh, so yet another LRL... A (L)ong (R)attling (L)ocator. It will probably work just as well. Probably better! Good luck!
    Last edited by Doubter in MD; May 21, 2014 at 07:47 AM.
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    donald peterson

    Jan 2013
    somewhere between flagstaff, preskit
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    dude!

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    Mar 2013
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    Mining, Detecting, diving, spearfishing, bow hunting, duck hunting, treasure hunting, real men!
    When I lived in a gold bearing State I found gold numerous times in ground hog mounds
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    ec
    May 2013
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    Good idea, certainly worth checking out........like the gas (or diesel), snake removal system......a shotgun would also be of use to terminate any snake problems..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc-d View Post
    Good idea, certainly worth checking out........like the gas (or diesel), snake removal system......a shotgun would also be of use to terminate any snake problems..............
    That sounds like too much fun!
    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." — Friedrich Nietzsche

    "You ask where I live. I cannot tell you. I am a Voyageur, a Chicot, sir. I live everywhere. My grandfather was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. My father was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. I will also die while en route, and another Chicot will take my place. Such is our course of life."

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    Yeah let me know how that works out for ya!........HH


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    Rawhide

    Nov 2010
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    Snakes, bee's, and other nastys could be used to keep folks out of a area or hole. just not for the reason you described.

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    Dan Gamache

    Aug 2013
    East Mesa, Arizona
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    Snakes were kind of scarce around me this year. Here is hoping that the next year is filled with snakes for me.

 

 
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