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    Mike Posner (Duke grad) bitten by rattlesnake

    I mean, the title pretty much says it.

    Hope Duke grad (and international music star) is doing alright. He was bitten by a baby rattlesnake and airlifted to a hospital.

    There are few sounds that make you jump in the woods as much as a rattlesnake rattling...

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    Someone recently told me that rattlesnakes donít rattle anymore. Is this true? What is the world coming to?🙃

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukebluesincebirth View Post
    Someone recently told me that rattlesnakes donít rattle anymore. Is this true? What is the world coming to?🙃
    Global Quietening is no hoax.

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    Maybe it was just an attempt to cover Zappa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukebluesincebirth View Post
    Someone recently told me that rattlesnakes donít rattle anymore. Is this true? What is the world coming to?🙃
    Didn't know if you were serious or not, but yes, they still rattle. And baby snakes are just as venomous as adults, maybe even more dangerous, as they have not learned how to control how much venom they are releasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilwin View Post
    Didn't know if you were serious or not, but yes, they still rattle. And baby snakes are just as venomous as adults, maybe even more dangerous, as they have not learned how to control how much venom they are releasing.
    Humans have this same problem but it happens during the teenage years and not as babies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Humans have this same problem but it happens on the internet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukebluesincebirth View Post
    Someone recently told me that rattlesnakes donít rattle anymore. Is this true? What is the world coming to?🙃
    I have heard that some snakes no longer rattle. It was characterized as perhaps a beneficial adaption ó natural selection in progress, as perhaps no longer rattling gives an advantage to snakes avoiding humans.

    I have no idea if it is true. I have never fact checked this.

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    And some snakes have learned to faux rattle, when they don't actually have a rattle. Life is truly stranger than fiction.21757.jpg21757.jpg


    Also, so these two guys today on the first hole at Carolina Colours in New Bern. 2 of 4 different snakes seen within 15 minutes.21755.jpg
    Last edited by left_hook_lacey; 08-10-2019 at 02:36 PM.

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    Rattlesnakes not rattling anymore is apparently a myth although there a couple of very specific species where this has occurred to make them better hunters:
    https://rattlesnakesolutions.com/sna...their-rattles/

    "Are rattlesnakes evolving to rattle less, or losing their rattles?"

    Nope. But the topic is interesting, regardless. This is a relatively new myth thatís something to watch, where those of us who regularly work to dispel rattlesnake mythology see spread and grow across the country."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
    I have heard that some snakes no longer rattle. It was characterized as perhaps a beneficial adaption — natural selection in progress, as perhaps no longer rattling gives an advantage to snakes avoiding humans.

    I have no idea if it is true. I have never fact checked this.
    In fact, in South Dakota's Black Hills, there is a population of the deadly prairie rattler that is losing its ability to rattle, because of a genetic defect in the tail tip. The muscles there are atrophied in this population, preventing this very dangerous snake from rattling.
    Checked with a friend who is doing work to protect the last few hundred eastern diamondback rattlers in NC, and he says he has never heard of such a thing in the rattlesnakes he deals with, the timber, pygmy, and eastern diamondback rattlers. Also, all pit vipers will vibrate their tails, even cottonmouths and copperheads.

    Liked the pics of the black racer and eastern coachwhip, left hook. I have only seen two eastern coachwhips in my life. A very aggressive, active snake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by left_hook_lacey View Post
    And some snakes have learned to faux rattle, when they don't actually have a rattle. Life is truly stranger than fiction.21757.jpg21757.jpg


    Also, so these two guys today on the first hole at Carolina Colours in New Bern. 2 of 4 different snakes seen within 15 minutes.21755.jpg
    Hmmm.... Looks like perhaps you missed the fairway on the first hole?

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    It is however true that rattlers donít always rattle before they strike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    Hmmm... Looks like perhaps you missed the fairway on the first hole?
    After those sightings, I'd probably head straight to the 19th hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    Hmmm... Looks like perhaps you missed the fairway on the first hole?
    There are hundreds of yards of bridges meandering through the swamp at Carolina Coulours. Both of these were seen from a bridge as we were driving the golf cart over it.

    But yes, I did put one in the woods, and these early sightings almost kept me from looking for my ball. Almost. 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilwin View Post
    In fact, in South Dakota's Black Hills, there is a population of the deadly prairie rattler that is losing its ability to rattle, because of a genetic defect in the tail tip. The muscles there are atrophied in this population, preventing this very dangerous snake from rattling.
    Checked with a friend who is doing work to protect the last few hundred eastern diamondback rattlers in NC, and he says he has never heard of such a thing in the rattlesnakes he deals with, the timber, pygmy, and eastern diamondback rattlers. Also, all pit vipers will vibrate their tails, even cottonmouths and copperheads.

    Liked the pics of the black racer and eastern coachwhip, left hook. I have only seen two eastern coachwhips in my life. A very aggressive, active snake.
    We saw three of the eastern coachwhips in the same place. My wife and I both made the comment that we had never seen a snake like that before.

    My wife took the pic I posted, but I was actually looking at a different snake in the same spot. It wasn't until later when I looked at her pic that I realized there just have been more than one snake in that area, because the pic she took wasn't the one I was looking at.

    That entire golf course is built in what used to be nothing but swamp and forest.

    It is a sprawling, massive course. We often stop on the bridges and just watch the wild life. I've seen everything on that course including bears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by left_hook_lacey View Post
    There are hundreds of yards of bridges meandering through the swamp at Carolina Coulours. Both of these were seen from a bridge as we were driving the golf cart over it.

    But yes, I did put one in the woods, and these early sightings almost kept me from looking for my ball. Almost. 😁
    I do not look for golf balls when they are in anything deeper than 3" or 4" grass, and maybe that's even too tall. It's in the woods? Enjoy your new home! NOT worth it. Of course, I don't buy new ($4) ProV 1's, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OZZIE4DUKE View Post
    I do not look for golf balls when they are in anything deeper than 3" or 4" grass, and maybe that's even too tall. It's in the woods? Enjoy your new home! NOT worth it. Of course, I don't buy new ($4) ProV 1's, either.
    Heck, the canyons off the fairways at Torrey Pines in LaJolla, CA have signs that read simply: "Do not enter. Rattlesnakes."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedog View Post
    Rattlesnakes not rattling anymore is apparently a myth although there a couple of very specific species where this has occurred to make them better hunters:
    https://rattlesnakesolutions.com/sna...their-rattles/

    "Are rattlesnakes evolving to rattle less, or losing their rattles?"

    Nope. But the topic is interesting, regardless. This is a relatively new myth thatís something to watch, where those of us who regularly work to dispel rattlesnake mythology see spread and grow across the country."
    I heard it was more of a 'kids these days' problem...


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    Even grass snakes rattle me.

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