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Saw the dogs staring out the window yesterday, and when I went to see, I spotted this copperhead going by just under the window. :eek:

I don't know if it was a pregnant female, or had just eaten something. I killed it after the pics, and let the dogs out with their shock collars on, and did a little "snake training" ;) ;D

For those of us that get outdoors in snake country you might notice the eyes. ALLpit viper poisonous snakes in the USA have the eleptical eye pupils like this example. Non-poisonous have round pupils like humans. The only exception to the "eye" rule, is the coral snake which is related to the cobra. They will have a round eye.This doesn't hold true in other countries like Africa and Australia. So, if you ever wonder if its a copperhead, or a true water moc, look at the eyes. Some snakes are similar in the color patterns.
















 

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Looks to me like it has had a nice size meal recently ;D Dead snake..Dead Snake,I was out hiking the other day and this lady told me she gets her dogs anti-venom shot for Rattle-snakes out here?? never heard of them,She said you still have to take your dogs to the vet if bit,but it buys you a lot of time ???Learn something new everyday.
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I don't believe I have ever heard of that either ??? I'll look into that with our vet
 

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Looks to me the ole copperhead had a rat for supper.
Great pics ,Dennis.Thanks for sharing them.

Kele~ never heard such a thing either about the anti-venom.
 

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Greg, after reading what the lady told you, I did some research...another reason is I'm at work and bored to death...but anyway there is a company called Red Rock Biologics
 

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I will,thanks Ray. I didn't take him on the last 5 mile hike I went on with the wife to some 50 Foot Fall's,that he would have loved,For just that reason,the last hike I was on with him I killed a 3+ foot Western Rattle snake and was afraid to take him out. The area I was in had just as many snakes ??? That stuff scares me,I'd hate to lose my Buddy over some Snake,I'll be talking with my vet about it soon. I also heard that if your dog is Bitten by a snake here in Ca. that your bill will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $2500 Bucks,OWIE!!!
All three of us know we would be ponying up that $$$.
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This is what it looked like from as close as I could get my wife,I did some Rock climbing for these pic's 8)







That's on 10X zoom. That's how far I had to scale over rocks to get the Money pic.
 

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I don't blame you a bit...I sure wouldn't take Gerty where I knew there were rattle snakes...The web site I just read said more than one shot would be given for the first year or so and then they could be cut back to one a year....the treatment for a snake bite would be a lot less severe than treatment without the shots...anyway...got to go home...Gerty always sets on the porch waiting on me just like a kid...and I'm always glad to see her just like I would when I was younger and it was one of my kids...talk to everyone later...oh...I almost forgot...great pictures ole Buddy....Ray
 

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Nice pics Greg.
Awesome senery plus the waterfall.
 

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Their is a insurance company now that cares pet insurance as well.
 
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Hey I am new to this web site, but I was just reading what you all have to say about dogs and snakes and it seems to me yall might have some vet clinics wanting money, I have had dogs my whole life and have seen puppies and old dogs get bit in the mouth on the gut, feet, legs and ounce a Heeler pup was bitten by a rattler in the eye and have never seen more than just some swelling and a lazy laid up dog for a few days but never death youre dog is more likely to step on a cactus and have more problems than with these poisinous snakes.
 

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Yea Wrangler your probably right but I'm going to do what I can to help my dog if I think she is suffering..I grew up on the South Canadian River...and I can promise you I have seen my share of dogs get bit by copperheads...we never took one of them to the vet.They would swell up under the neck until they busted and then get all right..but another thought...My mother got bit on the foot by a copper head when I was in grade school...she never went to the doctor either...her leg swelled up and turned as black as coal...she soaked her foot in kerosene at night and worked her butt off during the day in a garden (where she was when she got bite) ...WHY...cause my Dad raised 5 kids and never made more that 2 dollars an hour...we simply didn't have the money...but...I hope we live in different times...I'm going to do what I can afford if someone in my family gets hurt...INCLUDING MY DOG...Welcome to the forum....Sasakwa
 

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I had a little $hitzu that got bit in the face by a 28" copperhead. Right after the bite he was going into respiratory arrest, so we blazed him to the vet for anti-venom. An hour later he was acting a lot better, but the dog started having terrible seizures after that incident. I don't know if it was the original bite, or something to do with the anti-venom shot. After a year, they got bad enough that he had to be put down. :'( I sure missed him on my lap every evening.
 
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