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May 27, 2008

Deadly Rattlesnake Bites On The Rise

By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

From the Arizona Daily Star:

The victim experiences extreme pain at the location of the bite, nausea, sometimes diarrhea. Then the mouth and throat swell, making it difficult to breathe. The victim gets lightheaded, collapses and goes into shock — all within minutes of the strike.

The potentially deadly symptoms used to be fairly rare, but toxicologists in Arizona, Colorado and California say they're seeing some or all of them more than ever, and they could be contributing to an increase in fatal rattlesnake bites in Arizona.

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from Matt wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

This is happening because of urban sprawl. The snakes aren't coming into our backyards, we are building in theirs. Can't say I feel too sorry for people that go and destroy the desert by building a brand new house on top of it.

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from Brian T wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

When I was a kid, I used to marvel over the so-called "snake boots" in the ads in the back of F&S. What ever happened to the "Snake-Charmer", was a .410 pistol, no? What's the best marinade for rattler?

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from Mc. Squizzy wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

I think a smaller CO2 Semi-automatic Pellet Pistol would do the job nicely.

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from MPN wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

Blue Ox,Common sense should be the first weapon. Then use the revolver if that plan doesn't work!MPN

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

All the more reason to carry a revolver with snakeshot in the 1st two chambers. The rest should be loaded with hollow points.Some common sense wouldn't hurt, either.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

I wouldn't be surprised if this has something to do with the trade in exotic pets, and the release of same when some jerk finally gets tired of owning that Eyelash Viper or whatever and cuts it loose in some overgrown wash.

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from Matt wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

This is happening because of urban sprawl. The snakes aren't coming into our backyards, we are building in theirs. Can't say I feel too sorry for people that go and destroy the desert by building a brand new house on top of it.

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from Brian T wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

When I was a kid, I used to marvel over the so-called "snake boots" in the ads in the back of F&S. What ever happened to the "Snake-Charmer", was a .410 pistol, no? What's the best marinade for rattler?

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from Mc. Squizzy wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

I think a smaller CO2 Semi-automatic Pellet Pistol would do the job nicely.

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from MPN wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

Blue Ox,Common sense should be the first weapon. Then use the revolver if that plan doesn't work!MPN

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

All the more reason to carry a revolver with snakeshot in the 1st two chambers. The rest should be loaded with hollow points.Some common sense wouldn't hurt, either.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 5 years 46 weeks ago

I wouldn't be surprised if this has something to do with the trade in exotic pets, and the release of same when some jerk finally gets tired of owning that Eyelash Viper or whatever and cuts it loose in some overgrown wash.

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