Round Up for July

It’s time to recap the most interesting, unique or ‘most read’ articles of this blog for July 2009.

Most Hits This Month

Who would have thought that photos would be so popular?  Since publishing these 2  items, they have topped each month’s “most hits” list.

First Place: Great Photos: That Wild Boar was Where?’

Second Place:Another “Oh, My” Story: A Piebald Buck!’

 

This copperhead will ruin your day!

This copperhead will ruin your day!

 

Third Place:Snake Dangers & River Tubing‘ – There is considerable interest in snakes now (probably because of all the problems folks are having with snakes due to the hot, dry weather).

Popular Articles

The series on river tubing has been very popular. In case you missed any, they are:

1) Snake Dangers & River Tubing

2) River Tubing Safety & Tips

3) Choosing the Right Water for River Tubing

4) River Tubing: Repairing a Recreational Inner Tube

This Month

Barometric Pressure and Fishing,’ has been so popular that I plan to do a series of articles on weather and fishing.

Finally

It has taken less than a year to pass 50,000 hits!   During July, we hit this milestone.  Thank you so much!

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Snake Dangers & River Tubing

Is Every Snake Poisonous?

If you see every snake in the US as a potential killer, you’d best confine your tubing adventures to a swimming pool!

Snakes tend to hang out in warm waters; however, they tend to be mostly non-poisonous.*

Suggestions to limit your meeting these “fanged foe.”

  • Don’t bother or tease snakes,
  • Go around snakes, avoiding them where possible.
  • Stay out of shallow water as much as possible
  • Stay away from banks in thick, wooded areas

4 Poisonous Snakes in America

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin Snake — This is the only poisonous American water snake; usually found in southeast parts of the US.

According to Wikipedia, Cottonmouths are ” the world’s only semi-aquatic viper, usually found in or near water, particularly in slow-moving and shallow lakes and streams.”

 

Cottonmouth - olive, black, brown skin with fangs he's eager to show off!

Cottonmouth - olive, black, brown skin with fangs he's eager to show off!

 

Most snakes are as afraid of you as you are of them. Not so with the cottonmouth!  He usually stands his ground and even likes to show the white lining of his mouth — just so you know who should run first!

Being bitten by a cottonmouth is going to ruin your day, believe me.   You can avoid this meanie by staying in the middle of rivers and by avoiding banks with shallow water.

 

Diamond-backed with an Evil Eye!

Diamond-backed with an Evil Eye!

Rattlesnakes — These snakes are available from Canada to Mexico.  They provide more trips to the hospital and unplanned deaths than any other American snake!

Fortunately, they give an intruder advanced warning of their strike — with the rattling sound.

The Eastern Diamondback has more venom in a single bite than any other snake. Caution!

 

Copperheads have no sense of humor!

Copperheads have no sense of humor!

 

Copperheads – This snakes venom is potentially lethal. Need I say more?  Oddly enough, he is copper colored!

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Coral Snake – Absolutely lethal! Remember the rhyme, “Red and yellow kill a fellow …..”  Watch for the banded yellow, black and red snake.  Others, with similar bands (but not in this order) are non-lethal.

 

'Red and Yellow Kill a Fellow ...'

'Red and Yellow Kill a Fellow ...'

The good news is that this snake is not looking to cause trouble.

Finally

  • Become familiar with the 4 poisonous snakes,
  • Take a snake-bite kit
  • Use it — if needed and
  • Get the victim to a hospital ASAP.

* I used to think that non-poisonous snakes did not bite and poisonous snakes would. That is incorrect; any snake can — and will — bite, if provoked. The venom in non-poisonous snakes just won’t kill you!

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All snake photos are courtesy of Wikipedia!

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Be Careful – Surprise in the Leaves!

Be careful while walking in or raking leaves !!!

In fall, when all the leaves drop on the ground, underbrush gets crowded with leaves and limbs and copperhead snakes. Be careful when you rake those fall leaves.

** If you received damage from a hurricane, as we did, watch for snakes and rats in the tree debris on the ground.

Folks in the Houston-Galveston area have lots of tree damage. While we’re waiting for the debris to be removed, this is no place for children to be playing. Reports of snakes and varmints are routine around here.

CAN YOU SPOT THE SNAKE?..

 

Can You See the Snake?

Can You See the Snake?

 

Well, here it is . . . . — As always, “thanks” to Dorothy139

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