- Aug 12, 2005
I think 100 timbers may be an exaggeration by that piney.....there may only be a 500 timbers in the pines, a 100 would be nearly impossible to do. How long ago was this?
A friend of mine told me that a few years back, maybe five, he did work on a construction site that was shut down due to "pygme rattlesnakes".
I won't mention the town where this happened but I'm curious if anyone here has ever seen one of these very rare snakes? Any pics if you have?
Sorry Ben, I didn't think I was pinpointing an actual den. It won't happen again.
Maybe you should delete or lock my thread.
Jburd no pygmy in NJ, just down south. We do have timbes here and that site you mentioned is nearly extirpated. There could be other dens there but the one that was surrounded by development had seven timbers killed from it during construction, five by construction workers and two by car. They had telemtry studies going on for a while but the last female that had a transmitter was run over a by a car a few years back. That place should have never been built. I talked to a Dr. in his 80's who lives just behind the development on a old cranberry bog. In the 60's he took two timbers from that exact location to Roger Conant to ID and examine. That state knew there was timbers and pines there they just completely sh_t the bed on that one. It is ashame, (people in general) may dislike rattlesnakes but the bottom line is the help protect beautiful tracks of forest.......and if you've ever been to that spot it should be a park.....not a stupid ass mcmansion complex. Its up in the air whether or not that site will ever recover....fortunately the woods behind the den is still there.
Guys, please stop mentioning where snake dens are.
I got bit on the right cheek (not on my face) by a pygmy rattlesnake years ago in Florida without warning. Well, if it did warn me I didn't hear it because their rattle sounds almost like a bumblebee. Anyway, the swelling and pain was terrible....immediately, getting worse the next two days. I received anti-venom at the hospital for it. Just a few days later I was bitten on the toe by a water moccasin but it didn't do anything but swell a little. Probably because of the anti-venom which, incidentally, does not feel good either.
Funny thing was, I wasn't concerned about a scar, I was worried by butt would stick that way (swollen on one side).
Now you all know why I was so concerned about snakes when I moved up here!
Sheesh Star, did these bites happen close to home or out in the woods?
Glad you had no lasting effects.
You have to try the swamp cabbage when you go to Florida. It's delicious! I'm jealous.
Oh and other than the fork in my tongue, I'm ok.
Swamp cabbage? Is that something I have to go hunting for or can I find it in my grocers freezer?
Do you have a lisp from the forked tongue?