She could have biiten her but there are a variety of reasons why it is possible the snake lost- if the snake was digesting she is the most vulnerable because more of her energy is going to digestion. If she just used her venom on a meal she had insufficient stored to defend herself. If it was cool outside she was probably sluggish and unaware of the cat until it was too late. She was already sick or injured (eating a poisoned rat), etc. My cat and I have both been bitten by pygmy rattlesnakes. Even a hot bite from a pygmy can have a pronounced necrotic effect but neither one of us suffered in the least. We were both given dry bites, meaning in essence, the snake knew we could not be a meal due to our size and she did not waste venom on us.JenC said:Sort of on-topic...my elderly, declawed cat killed a young rattlesnake a few years ago (she's 21, so she was pretty darned elderly even then). I have always wondered why a small (therefore, quick) venomous snake couldn't outrun(slither?) an old, fat cat with no claws or at least bite her.
Ruby, I am sorry for the girl- that was a horible and unfortunate accident. The ocurrences of venomous striking at people in the U.S. is very rare but it ocurrs. An dI believe ther are about a dozen or two deaths every year resulting. I didn't mean to say that keeping the area clean would be a guarantee but it is a precautionary measure. Time of day, prey and burrows in the area also play important roles. I've seen Eastern Diamndbacks choose their meal among dozens of distractions. They go for prey they can swallow and once zoned in, they single-mindedly pursue that prey, almost hypnotically. Your friend startled the snake with a tragic result. I don't think the snake would have pursued your friend to tag her.Ruby said:I went to school with a girl, when she was about 5 years old she stepped over a small rock fence, which was only about 6 inches tall. When she did a diamond back got her on her heel string. She almost lost her leg. It left her crippled, did away with the muscles in the calf of her leg. The yard was clean except for the small rock fence which was only for looks. But it was enough for the snake to hide. This was in West Texas.
Do you mean Garter snakes? they don't eat mice commonly- their usual prey is more in the amphibian family or worms but they will eat mice if that is what is available. Snakes can take food much larger than themselves. they will dislaign their jaws so that a prey several times larger than its head can be swallowed. After eating they will make sighing movements to realign their jaws.Mike in Pa said:My wife HATES snakes. We have a whole family in our shed but I haven't touched them because I think they're in there for the mice. Problem is ... they're gardener snakes ... don't seem big enough to eat mice??
I have swine, rabbits, free range ducks, chickens and turkeys, and pheasants and quail in cages. I also have cats and dogs. I leave snakes alone and don't use pesticides or rat poisons- I have far less trouble than most of my neighbors who kill in blissful ignorance. IMO, preserving an ecological balance is more effective than a million ways of intervention. You don't have to agree with me. I didn't start the thread to change anyone's opinion.Shahbazin said:I am getting the feeling that many of the posters about the snake issue don't have a lot of livestock? While I am entirely happy to have kingsnakes & gopher snakes around, rattlesnakes are another matter. I have had several sheep bitten, & if they are pregnant, they will abort (I know this from experience - plus, snakes fascinate sheep, & they all crowd around to see - can result in several bitten by the same snake). A friend's Angora goat that was nursing her 2 week old kids was bitten in the chest/neck area by a rattler, & died, leaving behind her triplets as bottle babies. I have also spent a lot on money on vet bills for dog bitten by snakes. If I find a rattlesnake, I grab for a shovel.
That was an 8 ft. African Rock Python whose cage was left open by partying friends at their house that evening. It was a tragedy that shocked everyone who heard about it. And one I still remember keenly even today- just mentioned it a few weeks ago actually. I've not forgotten that little boy, nor have many others who keep giant constrictors. The parents were exonerated in court of manslaughter charges and I found that just- they will have to live with the death of their young son for the rest of their lives and that is more punishment than a court could ever dish out. But don't worry about my snakes, I didn't invite you to my house. I don't think they'd like you.MOgal said:Play with a big python, etc? Not on your life, nor would I allow a child to do so. If you want to know why, I'll see if I can find the name and address of the western Illinois parents whose pet boa decided their little boy might be a tasty tidbit. I'm sure they no longer think big snakes make good pets. I don't remember if involuntary manslaughter were among the multitude of charges they faced
Thanks Chele,MicheleMomof3 said:Tango,
We'd love to come for a visit! How about I stand outside the door while my son & you visit the snake room?? LOL
Just before I get accused of child neglect or something worse...I think if you ever took the time (such as I have) to check out Tango's website then you'd know her experience with these animals speak clearly.
In His Name,
I hope you can understand that any one person displaying questionable behavior in public is not representative of everyone who keeps a snake. I do not let my snakes crawl all over me and I don't know anyone who will or even take their snakes in public unless it is an educational show that has been planned in advance for the community. There are hundreds of thousands of unfortunate snakes sold to the public every year that do not make it to their first birthday due to neglect or abuse. Seldom will you see a serious keeper take a snake outside unless it is to his private yard for some photographs. We follow AFH guidelines that prohibit actions that will offend or upset others.MTNwomanAR said:I don't understand how ANYone could handle any snake...let alone let one crawl over their body...Several years ago, my boyfriend at the time and I were at a bike show in Fayetteville. There was this girl walking around wearing a halter top, and carrying a HUGE snake. She was letting that snake crawl between her boobs.....YUCK!!
I raise my own rabbits and pigs, chickens, et al for my own snakes and for my family. That hasn't anything to do with ecological balance. I don't use pesticides, rodenticides, or herbicides on my property and I don't hunt wild rabbits and pigs (though in FL hunting wild pigs is a beneficial action for ecological balance). So I ' m not sure where you are coming from with your post. I'm talking about leaving wildlife as untouched as possible while keeping a safe home. People jumping out of cars to kill a snake is not about keeping a home safe but about a phobia or misguided intention. Please explain to me your post.rambler said:You raise some different issues here. I believe rabbit & hog lovers would have at least as many issues with you as you might have with others.
Seems it has more to do with the 'snake lover' part than the 'ecological balance' part. Just my observation tho, no big deal.
How can feeding livestock raised for food purposes be considered abuse Do you think I feed prey live? Or do you think feeding livestock is just abusive in which case you would also consider eating meat abusive? I don't feed live btw. I've gone through a great deal of expense purchasing and constructing a CO2 chamber- the same thing slaughter houses use and it is a method approved by the AVMA as humane for dispatching certain animals. Captive snakes can be injured by prey and it isn't something many advanced keepers with expensive snakes do. Now if you are vegan then I will shut up because we are not arguing leaving wildlife alone but something else entirely. And also I do not put the life of my family before the life of my animals or wildflife, I simply protect my property and wait in my car while a venomous snake crosses the road.breezynosacek said:I like nature and I'll protect it from blatant abuse but I'll be dang if I put the life of a loved one or any human being over that of a critter. For that matter, feeding livestock to a snake is downright abuse from my viewpoint.
I'm glad your ex is an ex. He sounds nasty but I have to object to you saying "nor do many of them care what happens to their pets." I don't think you can make a case for "many." Snake keepers have their share of morons and people on ego trips; unfortunately they make the headlines more often than the responsible keepers. Name one hobby or segment of society free of fools.Dreams30 said:My ex loved snakes. He knew my past and how I felt about them so when he moved out he let a snake loose in the house and I found it curled under the bathroom rug. Not all snake owners are nice people nor do many of them care what happens to their pets.
I've seen many similar responses right here on this forum- the display of arrogance is very depressing :waa:bgak47 said:It was actually the dumbest testimomy to gun ownership that I have seen. This gun-happy idiot saw a rattlesnake on the side of the road, stopped & shot it, & then bragged about it to people on a forum. Most of them aggreed that he was a hero & a good shot!