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--Bet you don't see any this big in the cold country!!!
We are ok will write more later, take care!!!!!
Subject: FW: H-U-G-E Rattlesnake shot in Manor!
> This snake was shot by a police officer in Manor yesterday. It was shot in
> the backyard of a house in the middle of a big neighborhood (not near any
> woods, fields, etc.). The woman's four children were playing in the yard at
> the time when they heard the rattle.
> Be careful when you're out in your yard! Snakes are looking for water and
> going into areas where you don't traditionally see them.
Typically rattlesnakes range from 3' to 4' in length
In ideal habitats where there is a constant, abundant supply of small rodents, the rattlesnake sometimes attains a length of 5 feet, but the average adult size is between 3 and 4 feet.
Over 20 different species of rattlesnakes are recognized in the United States. Some seldom reach a length of 2 feet and a few reach over 7 feet.
Brace yourselves for this picture... This bad boy measured 7 feet, 6 inches!!!!!!!!!
Police Chief Robert Snyder shot him this morning INSIDE a homeowner's nice yard in ShadowGlen, on the north side of 290. The lady had FOUR kids playing in the yard at the time!!!
Please be really careful to watch out for snakes. In this drought, they are coming in closer, looking for water. They just mentioned today that local ER's are noting a substantial rise in snakebite cases.
They're on the move...
This is about 2 miles from my office, never knew we had Rattlesnakes this big around Austin. This is next to Shadow Glen golf coarse. Looks like it ate someone's puppy or kitty
Just had to comment as I was sent an email regarding this snake 45 minutes ago. AT first I did not believe it as the only hit I got on a quick Google search resulted in a link to this thread.
As the person who sent it to me is a Texan (going way back) but now lives in Washington DC, I decided to call the police in Manor. A woman answered the phone and as I said, you might not understand my call and question but I am chec..." and she interrupted me, "Yes, the snake is real."
It seems they have gotten a lot of interest in this story and the TV people have been out there today to cover it - remember it happened on Monday.
Now the sheriff is no slouch and stands 6' 1" so you can tell from the photo it is one big mutha of a snake. No, they did not measure it but feel quite comfortable it was at least the 7' 6" claimed.
No, it did not have a German Shepherd, small child or the like inside BUT it did have that large rabbit and they conjecture that is why it was slightly lethargic.
Yes, there were children playing in the yard but they did not know how many. It seems the woman (owner?) was raking the yard and discovered the snake and called the police. The Chief showed up and dispatched the snake with a .410 shotgun in the backyard and not inside the house as some claim.
So my good friends in Texas and all over, that is the story behind the photos and I am sure this will become a Snopes story sooner than later and be around for years to come...
The largest reported measurement for a western diamondback rattlesnake is 92.5 inches (Jones, 1997). Interestingly the second largest specimen to be measured was found in Cedar Hill, Texas and measured 92 inches. (Curtis, 1949). While gigantically proportioned specimens such as these are unlikely to be found in the wild again near Dallas, specimens measuring more than five feet in overall length are still found in southwestern Dallas County. The average size for adult specimens is between three to four feet.
Adults commonly grow to 120 cm (3.9 ft) in length. Specimens over 150 cm (4.9 ft) are infrequently encountered, while those over 180 cm (5.9 ft) are very rare. The maximum reported length considered to be reliable is 213 cm (7.0 ft) (Klauber, 1972). Males become much larger than females, although this difference in size does not occur until after they have reached sexual maturity.
Life expectancy is more than twenty years, but is typically shorter because of hunting and human expansion.
Contrary to popular opinion, you can't tell the age of a rattlesnake by the number of rattle segments. A new rattle segment is added to the tail area with each shedding of the skin, and this can happen up to four times a year. The shedding frequency depends on how much the snake is eating and growing. Moreover, the rattles can be damaged, and segments are often broken off.
Originally posted by argentus
Edit to add: I still have a small leather bag of rattlesnake rattles somewhere. As a child, I was told that they generally add a section to the rattles every year when they molt. I don't know if that's true, but if so, the big ol' boy in that photo looks to be at least 15.
[edit on 1/8/09 by argentus]
We estimate a body length of 13m and a mass of 1,135 kg, making it the largest known snake