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Looking to be a big year for snakes
Posted 21 May 2019 - 06:53 AM
Posted 21 May 2019 - 02:37 PM
I enjoy seeing snakes in the wild PROVIDED I see them first! Startling them scares the bejeezus out of me and tends to result in little dark spots on the front o' me waders. Fortunately Michigan has only one venomous snake (the Massasauga Rattlesnake), and they're very rare in my part of the state.
"... trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience." -- John Voelker (aka Robert Traver), Testament of a Fisherman
Posted 21 May 2019 - 07:47 PM
Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:54 AM
Posted 14 June 2019 - 09:46 AM
Looks like it is going to be a good year for snakes even here in Michigan as well. Normally I may see a snake or two over the course of the year fishing, but this year I already saw (almost stepped on) two of them. First one was probably the biggest Garter snake I have ever seen in my life. Had to be a solid 30" and thick around in the center as my wrist. Never seen such a heavy Garter snake before. 2nd one was right on the edge of the river and I almost stepped on him. He jumped in the water and swam off soon as I moved my foot. Not entirely sure of the species he was but I think maybe some sort of fox snake maybe?
Also looks to be a big year for ticks I had three of them on me from the trip the other day. Two of them where just crawling on me and no big deal. One last night was on my side and had bite into me and had to pulled him out with my "tick tool" I carry on my vest. That one left a pretty good mark that bleed. No signs of rash/bulls eye around it though so thats good, but the little bugger sure had a set of jaws on him to make me bleed like that
Posted 14 June 2019 - 03:34 PM
I'm thinking it's a "Corn Snake".
Ugh ... ticks. Disgusting, sneaky little blood suckers. I'd almost rather be swarmed by mosquitoes than to find a bloated tick on me.
A good reason to fish from a boat more often than traipsing through the underbrush.
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Posted 14 June 2019 - 04:27 PM
I don't think we have corn snakes here in Michigan. Could be wrong, but I've never seen it listed as a species here.
I'm with ya on ticks. I friggin HATE them little SOB's! Once you have one then for the rest of the day any little itch you are freeking out and scratching yelling "get off me!" even if its just my cat rubbing my leg
Posted 14 June 2019 - 06:31 PM
We have had several rattlers at the lake this year, normally get only 2 or 3 that we know about for the entire season but have had numerous sightings and its only June. Couple were pretty aggressive (due to idiots teasing them). Keep animal control a little busy.
Sometimes I need expert advice which is why I talk to myself.
Posted 14 June 2019 - 10:30 PM
Posted 17 June 2019 - 10:03 AM
northern water snake was my call also, but I'm not expert either- just seem to recall fox and corn snakes as being orangish
@Peartree, you just taught me something; I never heard "Dekay's" in conjunction with northern nor midlands brown snakes and now I find the subspecies are no longer recognized. My daughter who works for the Conservation was just yesterday trying to convince me that the "northern" I had seen was more likely a "midlands". It was the largest I've ever seen at about 13 1/2".