It's A Desert Out There

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It's A Desert Out There

Post by Jim Beckley » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:31 am

Wifey got one this AM, in the driveway. She got one in the spring, next to the house.
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Re: It's A Desert Out There

Post by xpilot » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:41 am

Look out !! there is a shovel coming...........

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Post by DavidABQ » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:56 am

Hey, they got a purpose in life. Just call animal control and let them pick it up and release it. I have seen a couple at our gun Club shooting range. Don't step on them and probably won't bite you.

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Re: It's A Desert Out There

Post by BrentD » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:18 am

bummer

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Post by atomicbrh » Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:34 pm

They do not eat often enough to put a minor dent in the rodent population compared to how fast rodents can multiply.
Really worthless as far as pest control.

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Post by Jerry G » Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:08 pm

They are real good to eat. :-bd

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Post by BrentD » Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:20 pm

atomicbrh wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:34 pm
They do not eat often enough to put a minor dent in the rodent population compared to how fast rodents can multiply.
Really worthless as far as pest control.
Debatable. Highly debatable and probably wrong.

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Post by atomicbrh » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:54 am

From the San Diego zoo:
"Rattlesnakes only look for food when they're hungry. An adult rattler goes about two weeks between meals, on average, depending on how large its last meal was. Younger rattlesnakes eat more often, about once a week."
https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/rattlesnake

From the natural mapping program:
"Rattlesnakes swallow their prey whole, then digest as the food passes though the body. On average, rattlesnakes in the wild eat only once every 2 to 3 weeks."
http://naturemappingfoundation.org/natm ... e_712.html

From the Discover magazine:
"A female rat can mate as many as 500 times with various males during a six-hour period of receptivity—a state she experiences about 15 times per year. Thus a pair of brown rats can produce as many as 2,000 descendants in a year if left to breed unchecked. (A rat matures sexually at age three to four months.)"
http://discovermagazine.com/2006/dec/20-things-rats

Then you have Winter in many areas when the snakes are not active.
So, for my area a big snake is only going to eat an average of 10 rats during the 7 or 8 month active season.
Most will eat some song birds if available so that also knocks down the number of rats eaten.
Snakes seem to really act crazy after they eat a song bird. Its like they have a hard time moving it down the digestive system.
There was quite a discussion about this on another forum recently.
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Post by Jim Beckley » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:30 pm

Ran into this one a couple of weeks ago in Southern Az
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Post by Jim Beckley » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:36 pm

This is the one that was next to the house. Notice the difference in color of the two. This one is a typical Western Diamondback. The top one is a Mojave, very nasty snake. According to AZ Game and Fish, the Mojave would be one of the most deadliest snakes, but they don't produce enough venom.
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Post by Another Dang 9 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:26 pm

Snakes seem to really act crazy after they eat a song bird. Its like they have a hard time moving it down the digestive system.
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Maybe the feathers tickle...? :-??
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