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Old 12/24/09, 12:06 PM
 
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Snow Snakes

It's that time of year again in many parts of the country.
The snow snakes are making their presence known.
Has anyone seen any?

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Old 12/24/09, 12:14 PM
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We had a bumper crop of snipes this fall. I think that snow snakes eat them, so they ought to be pretty thick my mid-day.

Luckily I'll be carrying my rattle can to scare them off.

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Old 12/24/09, 12:23 PM
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It's that time of year again in many parts of the country.
The snow snakes are making their presence known.
Has anyone seen any?
Our freshman year of college DH and a buddy were telling one of the girls on my dorm floor (from Illinois) about the snow snakes we have out here on the Great Plains.

She doubted them, so they even went up to the Science building so one of the bio professors could explain them to her better.
He told her all about their natural habitat, their specialized adaptations for cold weather, etc.
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Old 12/24/09, 01:38 PM
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Oh yes, we have them here! It's extremely hard to see one since they are pure white snakes. WIHH has never seen one yet, but I constantly point out the snow snake tracks to her while we are winter hiking or snowshoeing.

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Haven't seen any this winter but I do have my bottle in hand just incase I get bit

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I never heard of snow snakes...

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Gee I grew up in Illinois and never heard of them either. They must be pretty rare or maybe just hard to spot because of the white coloring LOL

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Have plenty of Blackberry brandy on hand, just in case a snow snake attacks you. Best medicine to ward them off! (thats what my dad always used to say. Never went snowmobiling or ice fishing without a lil flask of that).

(originally from southern WI, in case you're wondering)

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Are snow snakes related to hodags at all? Those are found in north central Wisconsin.

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Old 12/24/09, 05:21 PM
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Blackberry brandy and peppermint schnaps are both excellent snowsnake preventatives. Never been bit by a snowsnake yet!

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Snow snakes.

Where was a video camera when I needed one?

Here in Kansas they are produced while you are driving along in a vehicle and traveling with the wind.

The lines of snow sort of weave back and forth across the road as if they were slithering snakes.

This link should provide an image of them. http://www.bootsnall.org/datw/archiv...d%20snakes.jpg

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Blackberry brandy and peppermint schnaps are both excellent snowsnake preventatives. Never been bit by a snowsnake yet!

oh it's preventative! i keep taking the antidote after getting bit! will make sure i am well protected this winter!
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I'll make you an excellent deal on some:

http://market.kingsnake.com/detail.php?cat=61&de=729888

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No, aren't the snow snakes I'm familiar with.


No fur...

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they only show up in the mountains here and you have to be on skis

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It's especially fun to watch them tunneling just below a thin layer of snow.

Neighbor lady was a school teacher and she first pointed them out to me about 50 years ago.

Now a days I most frequently see them around the chicken coop.

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Haven't seen any this winter but I do have my bottle in hand just incase I get bit
Aha!!
Snow snake medicine- my reason for carrying a flask this time of year.

Haven't thought or heard of Snow snakes since my Senior year in HS.
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Any relation to the ice worms?? Well, one excuse is as good as another.

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I'd wager that most of the posters here also went snipe hunting in their younger days. Everyone knows that snipes exist, but catching one in a gunny sack on a dark night can be tricky. I guess it would be dangerous to try it in snow snake season! <>Unk

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When I was a little kid, the older fella that monitored the warming shack at the local ice skating rink always had a bottle of snow snake medicine in his pocket. By the way he was always stumbling around, I knew he'd been bit several times. So... now I try to keep the medicine on hand at all times and even though I sometimes stumble, I've never been bit! Merry Christmas!!
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Snow snakes don't scare me as much as the Sidehill Gouger does.

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Kingdom: Animalia
Location found: North America (with related species found in parts of Europe)
image Sidehill gougers are herbivores highly adapted to living on steep hillsides. The legs on one side of their body are longer than the legs on the other, allowing them to stand comfortably on sloped terrain. These creatures come in two varieties: left-handed and right-handed (also known as counter-clockwise and clockwise gougers). The legs of a left-handed gouger are shorter on the left. As a result, it can only travel around a hill counter-clockwise. Right-handed gougers are just the opposite, with legs shorter on the right. They always move clockwise. This business of always moving in the same direction is the source of the gouger's name, because they gouge a path in the side of a hill as they endlessly circle it. If gougers do try to reverse direction, they inevitably topple over.

Right-handed and left-handed gougers, it should be noted, are simply different forms of the same species and can breed together. However, their offspring often end up with mismatched legs (a long leg on their front left and a second long leg on their back right, for instance) making it almost impossible for them to move. Such hybrids usually don't survive long.

Beyond the unusual length of the gouger's legs, little is known about the appearance of this creature. Some say it's badger-like. Some say it's goat-like. One observer, a Harry S. Knight of Camp Wood, Arizona, has been quoted as saying: "A Sidehill Gouger is jest a burrowin' buffalo, sized down and growed crooked."

There have been reports of a Gouger sub-species found in the Appalachians that has fur only on the downward-sloping side of its body. The fur on its other side has been worn away by constant rubbing against the side of the hill. The skin of these creatures, being so highly polished and smooth, is sought after by handbag makers.

References to sidehill-type creatures can be found in records dating back hundreds of years. Sir Thomas Browne, writing in the 17th century, recorded a popular belief that British badgers (popularly referred to back then as "brocks") had legs of different lengths: "That a Brock or Badger hath the legs on one side shorter then of the other [which] though an opinion perhaps not very ancient, is yet very general; received not only by Theorists and unexperienced believers, but assented unto by most who have the opportunity to behold and hunt them daily." (Pseudodoxia Epidemica, 1646, Book III, Chapter 5, 'Of the Badger').

In colonial America sidehill-type creatures were referred to as "procks". Evidently a derivative of "brocks". Since then a wide variety of names have been given to these creatures, including: sidehill badger, sidehill winder, sidehill dodger, sidehill wowser, godaphro, and gyascutus. However, sidehill gouger is, by far, the most common name. Other sidehill creatures include the Rackabore, and the French Dahut. There have also been reports from Scotland of a Sidehill Haggis.
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You guys are scaring me.

Here on the coastal plain of Texas, we have the Wild Man of the Navidad.

The Navidad River runs through several counties here between El Campo and Victoria. There is a Yeti type creature who lives along the river.

Of course, we also have the chupacabra.

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Haven't seen any snow snakes, just a lot of snow bunnies in open fields a few years ago.

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No snow snakes, but I did find some rock worms in the woodpile.....

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Old 12/25/09, 10:51 AM
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I'd wager that most of the posters here also went snipe hunting in their younger days. Everyone knows that snipes exist, but catching one in a gunny sack on a dark night can be tricky. I guess it would be dangerous to try it in snow snake season! <>Unk
Well that's just silly. Everyone knows snipe hunting is an old joke.


Now cow tipping on the other hand...
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Not only have I seen snow snake tunnels but right now I'm reading about them on the internet so "It's gotta be TRUE".

And my 89 year old daddy still tells me about his Snipe hunt experiences.

Every new kid in the neighborhold was taken to the local cemetary, after dark of course, and taught just how to hold the gunny sack while the rest of them went out to round up the snipes.

Sometimes it'd take hours befire that kid returned with the empty gunny sack!

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Forget the snakes! I have to watch out for snow sharks around here.

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Forget the snakes! I have to watch out for snow sharks around here.

Oh My Goodness, I'm not walking outside until ALL the snow goes away!!!!!!! I may be here till spring!!!

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"There have also been reports from Scotland of a Sidehill Haggis."

That must be one that only travels to the left.................

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Google is your best friend: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...ed=0CDQQ9QEwDQ

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And one time I drowned a polar bear when I was ice fishing......

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