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(WDTV Bridgeport)   West Virginia game wardens seize four timber rattlesnakes from a home, because: A) W. Va permits possession of only one deadly crotalid at a time, B) Pet timber rattlers must be at least 3.5 feet long by law, or- NOPE, I'm out   (wdtv.com) divider line
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2019-02-23 10:27:00 AM  
Rats.
Anyone want a couple of vipers?
They are long enough.
I just have too many.

/ just kidding
// I keep a constrictor
/// and rattlers stay clear of him
 
2019-02-23 11:20:02 AM  
Bucket of snakes
Bucket of snakes
Everyone come get your bucket of snakes.
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/like a bucket of chicken but different
//still tastes like chicken
 
2019-02-23 12:37:20 PM  
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 WEST VIRGINIA
 
2019-02-23 01:28:52 PM  
Huh, the silly headline is actually what really happened.  And... both.  It's farking both.

Keep being stupid, WV.
 
2019-02-23 01:29:20 PM  
... cannot adequately describe the terror of stepping on the head of a timber-rattler, knowing your next step ...
 
2019-02-23 01:32:43 PM  
Pft, everyone knows baby snakes make the best kind of pet.
 
2019-02-23 01:37:12 PM  

Spartapuss: Pft, everyone knows baby snakes make the best kind of pet.


Baby snake doo doo da doo doo
 
2019-02-23 01:40:16 PM  
Why?  Can someone explain that regulation to me?
 
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2019-02-23 01:41:42 PM  
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2019-02-23 01:42:31 PM  
" that is at least 42 inches long.. "

Pffffft must be a white snake..
 
2019-02-23 01:43:35 PM  
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2019-02-23 01:44:18 PM  
but if he tied them together it would make one long snake that was long enough.  doesnt that count?
 
2019-02-23 01:50:10 PM  
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2019-02-23 01:50:29 PM  
Raligios freedon, stupid libby! Mah snak a take me jeezus!
 
2019-02-23 01:51:29 PM  

HoratioGates: Why?  Can someone explain that regulation to me?


Presumably it means you aren't breeding them if you only have pure West Virginia rattlesnake, my Little Fark Sister
 
2019-02-23 01:52:48 PM  
I've become addicted to the videos of Viperkeeper. He's not much into rattlesnakes, though, not sure why. He prefers the mambas and sawscale vipers.
 
2019-02-23 02:02:19 PM  
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Person of interest

/can't be obscure, not here
 
2019-02-23 02:05:38 PM  

Huggermugger: I've become addicted to the videos of Viperkeeper. He's not much into rattlesnakes, though, not sure why. He prefers the mambas and sawscale vipers.


He doesn't keep rattlesnakes because the antivenom is ridiculously expensive.
 
2019-02-23 02:07:23 PM  

Huggermugger: I've become addicted to the videos of Viperkeeper. He's not much into rattlesnakes, though, not sure why. He prefers the mambas and sawscale viper

 
2019-02-23 02:08:57 PM  

Jinxy125: Huggermugger: I've become addicted to the videos of Viperkeeper. He's not much into rattlesnakes, though, not sure why. He prefers the mambas and sawscale vipers.

He doesn't keep rattlesnakes because the antivenom is ridiculously expensive.


Oh, that's right, I forgot.
 
2019-02-23 02:08:59 PM  
Well, fark. I'd redo but it's already been answered anyway. It's the same mentality that people with DNR bracelets have.
 
2019-02-23 02:17:11 PM  
Snake Venom Superman Meets the Christian Snake Handler
Youtube IdHwXfHUPSg
 
2019-02-23 02:19:29 PM  

cowgirl toffee: [thebloggesswp.files.wordpress.com image 600x691]


I'm laughing way too hard at this. Could be that I've been drinking since noon. Not for any particular reason,  just felt like drinking.
 
2019-02-23 02:20:23 PM  
Fooled me, subby. I was thinking that C) would involve farking or omnomnom - I rever realised that the answer would be A + B

/they said there would be no math
 
2019-02-23 02:28:41 PM  

DarkVader: Huh, the silly headline is actually what really happened.  And... both.  It's farking both.

Keep being stupid, WV.


WV, the Florida of the north.

/WV resident
//condolences accepted
 
2019-02-23 02:33:24 PM  
"AW C'MON NOW MAN, THEY WAS GETTIN' CLOSE!! I think they were only three rats, two cats, and a possum away from hitting that last teenage growth spurt!"

Heh. I never understood the snake handlers: buncha superstitious morons who didn't take Hermeneutics class, skipped any other contextual content interpretation word studies, and just winged it. Basically they're just pagans in a different wrapper. Farking sin-eater, cousin-marrying methhead weirdos, I wouldn't let them own *anything* alive, no telling what they might come up with next.

West Texas has had a problem with the Western Diamondback being hunted to the point of the "silent rattle" mutation being fairly common. So far I have had two babbies show up on my front doorstep acting like they own the place and wanting in. A 9mm of rat shot convinced them otherwise.

I honestly thought that rat shot didn't have much oomph behind it, but I was so very wrong! I pulled the trigger on one from six feet away and it just... vanished. It took us half an hour to find it because I had accidentally blown it all the way across the yard! Lots o' snek out in these parts, but I really miss the horned lizards. My wife wanted one as a pet but apparently they only thrive on harvester ants and I am not comfortable with keeping an animal that we can't keep healthy. But when it comes to rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads, the only happy snek of that kind around me is a dead one.
 
2019-02-23 02:34:11 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: cowgirl toffee: [thebloggesswp.files.wordpress.com image 600x691]

I'm laughing way too hard at this. Could be that I've been drinking since noon. Not for any particular reason,  just felt like drinking.


Glad I could help make your day a  bit more happy.   :D
 
2019-02-23 02:45:33 PM  
Timber rattlesnakes are VERY passive.  I almost stepped on one a couple of years ago; he didn't even bother using his rattle to warn me.  He flinched slightly as my foot was on its way on top of him.  I wonder if he even would have bothered to bite me?

Also, their range is a lot wider than I expected.  I thought I was safe in New Hampshire!
 
2019-02-23 02:51:30 PM  
CSB

Rattlesnakes are endangered here. I had a good friend who has a biatch of a wife.  she ran over a snake in the driveway of their new McMansion, and demanded they move.  He was really upset, because she was the man of the house, and said she was moving, and they were already in over their head.  I laughed, and said, sure, it's a rattlesnake.  Bring it to me, I want to eat it.  the next day he shows me the picture, and I had to take it all back, it was a rattlesnake, and I sure wasn't going to deal with the game warden over that.  Poor guy, still married to the biatch.
 
2019-02-23 03:01:46 PM  
I mean a long-barrelled rattlesnake might be useful for hunting, but a sawn-off rattlesnake is clearly going to get used to rob a bank or something.
 
2019-02-23 03:02:58 PM  
not amjsed---
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2019-02-23 03:03:32 PM  

HoratioGates: Why?  Can someone explain that regulation to me?


To curtail the collection of them for sale as exciting pets. https://www.wvgazettemail.com/o​utdoors​/new-w-va-regulations-curtail-collecti​on-of-venomous-snakes/article_75743ed4​-5978-5c89-b535-bbad16e4d3fa.html
 
2019-02-23 03:04:06 PM  
^^^ exotic, not exciting.
 
2019-02-23 03:09:08 PM  

tallen702: HoratioGates: Why?  Can someone explain that regulation to me?

To curtail the collection of them for sale as exciting pets. https://www.wvgazettemail.com/ou​tdoors/new-w-va-regulations-curtail-co​llection-of-venomous-snakes/article_75​743ed4-5978-5c89-b535-bbad16e4d3fa.htm​l


Yep, a little rattler isn't too hard to deal with.  Easy to house, not much danger with basic precautions.  You have to be committed to take on 3+ feet of a rattlesnake, and preferably at that point of dedication, you know what you're doing.
 
2019-02-23 03:10:54 PM  
This monster, about a 6' Eastern Diamond Back, was sunning himself at the end of my driveway last summer.

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I want to see the Jesus snake wranglers dance around with this one.

/Leave them alone, there are around for a reason.
 
2019-02-23 03:18:42 PM  

HoratioGates: Why?  Can someone explain that regulation to me?


They probably want any pet snakes to be adults to reduce the chances of accidental envenomation.

When dealing with venomous snakes, juveniles are the most dangerous. Adults use envenomation to kill prey, so they only inject venom into something the size of what they reasonably know they can eat. For the most part, venomous snakes don't bite humans and inject a lot of venom because it's wasteful (they can't eat humans). That being said, if you continually fark with a venomous snake and it's biting on the defense... you're in the danger zone.

Juveniles don't have the same control over their envenomation. They haven't developed that instinct and muscle control to make the difference with a dry bite. So if you get bit by a juvenile venomous snake, you run the risk of it giving you a huge shot of venom because it hasn't developed the muscle control to deliver a dry bite.
 
2019-02-23 03:29:29 PM  

mrmopar5287: HoratioGates: Why?  Can someone explain that regulation to me?

They probably want any pet snakes to be adults to reduce the chances of accidental envenomation.

When dealing with venomous snakes, juveniles are the most dangerous. Adults use envenomation to kill prey, so they only inject venom into something the size of what they reasonably know they can eat. For the most part, venomous snakes don't bite humans and inject a lot of venom because it's wasteful (they can't eat humans). That being said, if you continually fark with a venomous snake and it's biting on the defense... you're in the danger zone.

Juveniles don't have the same control over their envenomation. They haven't developed that instinct and muscle control to make the difference with a dry bite. So if you get bit by a juvenile venomous snake, you run the risk of it giving you a huge shot of venom because it hasn't developed the muscle control to deliver a dry bite.


Absolute poppycock, pretty much all of what you wrote.   You're just regurgitating a tired myth.  If you get to choose between a baby rattlesnake and an adult rattlesnake striking you, you'll fare much better with the baby.  Bigger snakes=worse envenomations.
 
2019-02-23 03:56:45 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: [img.fark.net image 500x200]  WEST VIRGINIA


Snake + Jesus = a dead pastor
 
2019-02-23 04:10:35 PM  

dark brew: mrmopar5287: HoratioGates: Why?  Can someone explain that regulation to me?

They probably want any pet snakes to be adults to reduce the chances of accidental envenomation.

When dealing with venomous snakes, juveniles are the most dangerous. Adults use envenomation to kill prey, so they only inject venom into something the size of what they reasonably know they can eat. For the most part, venomous snakes don't bite humans and inject a lot of venom because it's wasteful (they can't eat humans). That being said, if you continually fark with a venomous snake and it's biting on the defense... you're in the danger zone.

Juveniles don't have the same control over their envenomation. They haven't developed that instinct and muscle control to make the difference with a dry bite. So if you get bit by a juvenile venomous snake, you run the risk of it giving you a huge shot of venom because it hasn't developed the muscle control to deliver a dry bite.

Absolute poppycock, pretty much all of what you wrote.   You're just regurgitating a tired myth.  If you get to choose between a baby rattlesnake and an adult rattlesnake striking you, you'll fare much better with the baby.  Bigger snakes=worse envenomations.


The information I was given was from the designated "snake handler" when I worked on a ranch in New Mexico. The guy in charge of snake problems was, notably, not a herpetologist.
 
2019-02-23 04:13:16 PM  

The Sophian Church: ecmoRandomNumbers: [img.fark.net image 500x200]  WEST VIRGINIA

Snake + Jesus = a dead pastor


That was just a bonus.
 
2019-02-23 04:40:06 PM  
Welcome to West Virginia!
 
2019-02-23 04:52:41 PM  

dark brew: If you get to choose between a baby rattlesnake and an adult rattlesnake striking you, you'll fare much better with the baby.  Bigger snakes=worse envenomations.


I feel like the correct choice in that scenario is "neither," but that's just somebody who keeps geckos talking, so...
 
2019-02-23 05:01:43 PM  
I am sure that as others implied, the laws are there to allow the Christian snake handlers to keep a couple of rattlers, as long as they are not adult snakes, rather than breeding them.

Sounds like a perfectly reasonable legal accommodation for bat-shiat crazy religions.
 
2019-02-23 05:03:04 PM  
I just want to add that venomous house snakes are an EXCELLENT deterrent to break-ins. Keep a sign with a nice sized picture of your "free roaming house rattlesnakes" on your front and back doors, and don't even bother locking you doors.

Much like yard hyenas. Perfect privacy.
 
2019-02-23 05:39:25 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: ... cannot adequately describe the terror of stepping on the head of a timber-rattler, knowing your next step ...


Better than stepping on the tail...
 
2019-02-23 05:41:09 PM  

dark brew: mrmopar5287: HoratioGates: Why?  Can someone explain that regulation to me?

They probably want any pet snakes to be adults to reduce the chances of accidental envenomation.

When dealing with venomous snakes, juveniles are the most dangerous. Adults use envenomation to kill prey, so they only inject venom into something the size of what they reasonably know they can eat. For the most part, venomous snakes don't bite humans and inject a lot of venom because it's wasteful (they can't eat humans). That being said, if you continually fark with a venomous snake and it's biting on the defense... you're in the danger zone.

Juveniles don't have the same control over their envenomation. They haven't developed that instinct and muscle control to make the difference with a dry bite. So if you get bit by a juvenile venomous snake, you run the risk of it giving you a huge shot of venom because it hasn't developed the muscle control to deliver a dry bite.

Absolute poppycock, pretty much all of what you wrote.   You're just regurgitating a tired myth.  If you get to choose between a baby rattlesnake and an adult rattlesnake striking you, you'll fare much better with the baby.  Bigger snakes=worse envenomations.


Snake Oil Ruminations
 
2019-02-23 06:08:09 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: ... cannot adequately describe the terror of stepping on the head of a timber-rattler, knowing your next step ...


Well if it's just one, and you're standing on its head, I don't really see the problem. Grind that bastard into the ground, or take your chances with a flying leap. I know which option I'm going for.
 
2019-02-23 06:28:56 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: [img.fark.net image 500x200]  WEST VIRGINIA


Pentecostal serpent handling for Jesus has always been known in Appalachia since Hensley popularized it.

/when they're infused by the Holy Ghost, some preachers will even drink poison
 
2019-02-23 06:58:23 PM  

swamp_of_dumb: ecmoRandomNumbers: [img.fark.net image 500x200]  WEST VIRGINIA

Pentecostal serpent handling for Jesus has always been known in Appalachia since Hensley popularized it.

/when they're infused by the Holy Ghost, some preachers will even drink poison


Jesus never said not to drink poison.

Hell, Mormons even told their missionaries that it was okay to drink poison, because the Holy Ghost makes them immune to it.
 
2019-02-23 07:09:19 PM  
Never kill a snake.  Get it relocated if needed but my god do they keep the small rodent populations down.
 
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