posted on Aug, 22 2014 @ 05:51 AM
Brother Man, you have a good point. People will kill rattle snakes for fun, profit, food and because they are poisonous.
Let the snakes live and do their job keeping the mouse population in control.
Our native Michigan rattle snake, the Massauga, is endangered but was once fairly common. Killed off mostly due to ignorance.
I once killed a black widow out of ignorance and kind of regret that I would react that way just because it was poisonous. Not sure if I actually
killed it and hope I didn't, but the fear reaction was ignorance on my part.
ETA: There is a hognosed snake that has been hanging around the yard since spring. They look and act like a rattle snake if disturbed and if I was
ignorant, I'd have killed him the first time I found him by the porch. He puts on a good show and plays dead for a finale, quite entertaining for a
snake. Apparently they have an irritating bite that may be an evolving poison, according to some experts, still harmless though.
edit on 22-8-2014 by MichiganSwampBuck because: typo
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