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Registered: Dec 2006
Location: Springfield, Ga.
Originally posted by croatankid
Really, if you have 4 feet.
In reality, I live in a region of the country that has many bad things roaming the woods. Every poisonous snake in North America thrives here. Sure, we see and deal with many during a years time, but the chances of you getting bitten are slim, but I wouldn't trust fate and would take the preventive measures necessary like boots and chaps that are snake proof. Your four footed friend, if he/she has some age on them is less likely to be bitten than you are. Most hounds that are struck in my area are the young curious ones that want to play with the snake. They aren't likely to be real friendly. Even then, most hounds will survive an encounter with most snakes here, however my experience shows me that an eastern diamondback will kill with most bites. That's a nasty snake that commands very much respect and is better left alone. Thankfully, they would rather leave the area than encounter a man, and will do so if you allow it. Yes I know, I will try to take them out if I am armed properly, but if not, they slither away.
Seems we all worry about snakes getting us or our dogs, but it really is not the snake that should be of most concern here in this area. There is another predator here that most dogs will not survive an encounter with, and if they do, you have one very very lucky dog. Its the American Alligator. For some reason a dog treeing can be like a magnate for them. Lucky for us as humans, if they are in the wild and not fed, they will run for water on site, and most times long before you even know they are around. You all have heard the stories of gator attacks, and they are terrible, but fact is you probably have a better chance of getting hit by lightning than eaten by a gator. Your hound is another story. Down here in southeast GA., I'd be more concerned over gators than snakes.
PS: gators eat snakes too. lol. The bad for me out ways the good. They are trespassers when they get into my woods and creeks, and that makes me the hunter. LOL
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