Snow Snakes

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  1. doc623

    doc623 Well-Known Member

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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?
     
  2. Oggie

    Oggie Waste of bandwidth Supporter

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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.
     

  3. ErinP

    ErinP Too many fat quarters... Supporter

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    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. :D
     
  4. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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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.
     
  5. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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

    Minelson Well-Known Member

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    I never heard of snow snakes...:shrug:
     
  7. starjj

    starjj Well-Known Member Supporter

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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
     
  8. SpaceCadet12364

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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)
     
  9. PNP Katahdins

    PNP Katahdins sheep & antenna farming Supporter

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

    Peg
     
  10. ksfarmer

    ksfarmer Retired farmer-rancher

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

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    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/archives/road snakes.jpg

    Oh ye of little faith and that jest.
     
  12. fordson major

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    oh it's preventative!:lookout: i keep taking the antidote after getting bit!:mad: will make sure i am well protected this winter!:hobbyhors
     
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  14. ErinP

    ErinP Too many fat quarters... Supporter

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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
     
  16. tallpines

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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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    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.
     
  18. tinda

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    Any relation to the ice worms?? Well, one excuse is as good as another.
     
  19. uncle Will in In.

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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
     
  20. LFmenagerie

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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!!
    Tom