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Jan 27, 2020 15:17:08   #
soxtroy Loc: Plano Texas
 
anybody been bitten by a snake while wade fishing?

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Jan 27, 2020 15:31:44   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
We've discussed this here before. I don't recall hearing from anyone that had actually been bitten. I wouldn't be worrying about snakes. I'd be worried about some idiot introducing the candiru into North American waters. If you don't know what that is, look it up.

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Jan 27, 2020 16:35:31   #
teabag09 Loc: Chesapeake, Virginia
 
Spiritof27 wrote:
We've discussed this here before. I don't recall hearing from anyone that had actually been bitten. I wouldn't be worrying about snakes. I'd be worried about some idiot introducing the candiru into North American waters. If you don't know what that is, look it up.


NASTY!!! Mike

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Jan 27, 2020 17:21:25   #
pinkham42 Loc: Casper, Wyoming
 
I ain't peein in the water regardless Spirit....lol!

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Jan 27, 2020 17:24:41   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
I'm with ya on that!

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Jan 27, 2020 17:25:15   #
pinkham42 Loc: Casper, Wyoming
 
Don't know if you need to worry bout snakes soxtroy...we don't know where your at. Please update your profile so we can give intel!

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Jan 27, 2020 17:49:37   #
Ron620DVS Loc: Guntersville Alabama
 
Yes the possibility does exist...

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Jan 28, 2020 01:00:28   #
teabag09 Loc: Chesapeake, Virginia
 
soxtroy wrote:
anybody been bitten by a snake while wade fishing?


I've been in close proximity to snakes for years and unless you corner them they will flee. The exception to that is when they are shedding because they can't see and if they are pit vipers go on infrared to see.

Any snake dropping into your boat is probably not a water moccasin but more likely a brown or northern water snake both of which do get onto branches to sun. Water moccasins are mud snakes, coiled up on banks but are too heavy to actually climb up into trees and scrubs. All 4 water snakes are fairly aggressive though.

Brown, Northern, Red Bellied and Water Moccasin, the four actual water snakes we have. Of course many snakes have no problem going in the water but those are our four true water using snakes.

Don't mess with them, give them an avenue of escape and you have nothing to really worry about. Mike

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Jan 28, 2020 01:11:41   #
pinkham42 Loc: Casper, Wyoming
 
The reason I asked for location was where you are versus snakes. Only two in WY. And one near extinct. Rattlesnakes are not water friendly and I never run in to them wading...more likely when I step into the bush to take a pee. What was that snake called again PB

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Jan 28, 2020 01:19:40   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
Well I can't speak for Wyoming, but the rattlers here in California have no aversion at all to going for a swim. I've seen them on a lot of lakes up in the mountains doing just that. About anywhere you go fishing at higher elevations in the spring, summer, and fall you have to be aware of their presence and be cautious. But I certainly do agree with teabag - you leave them alone and they'll leave you alone. I've only ever had to kill one, and that was because it got into my yard, I had a rat terrier, and if you know anything about rat terriers you know how that was going to end.

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Jan 28, 2020 01:32:26   #
pinkham42 Loc: Casper, Wyoming
 
I have had encountered hunting but not fishing, so far! Don't mean others haven't but in my time here no snakes...I'm worried about the candiru, don't pee in the water....lol

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Jan 28, 2020 01:37:16   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
probably don't have to worry in Wyoming, I don't think they'd survive the winter. they're a warm water species. Probably do real well in say, Texas or Florida. Louisiana? Remind me to only go swimming in high mountain streams here in California.

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Jan 28, 2020 01:50:07   #
pinkham42 Loc: Casper, Wyoming
 
Lol....I looked them snakes up, I don't pee in the water Spirit and I'm not afraid of our prairie rattlers, just be aware of my surroundings and respect their space.

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Jan 28, 2020 05:25:31   #
Big A Loc: Mesa, Arizona
 
As Spirit pointed out (and I
was surprised to learn not too long ago), rattlers have NO aversion to water, and are in
fact good swimmers ! One incident happened at a local
lake near here a few summers
ago that surprised me when
I read about it, where a family group had parked their boat
in a cove for a quiet dinner
break when a rattler swam
across the cove and tried to
get up onto their boat's
transom to rest and warm
himself in the sun ! NOT
welcome ! The mother
gathered the younger
children at the front of the
boat while the father very
carefully and gingerly
pushed it off the transom
and back into the water with a
paddle; he quickly started the motor and they hauled a** out
of that cove and across the
lake ! While we only have
rattlers here, states like
Texas, Oklahoma, and
Louisiana also have
cottonmouths (water
moccasins) and
copperheads to contend
with/watch for while they're
swimming or fishing (wading),
as well as 'gators in some
areas ! Bank fishing is risky
from North Carolina to East
Texas, including parts of southeastern Oklahoma and southern Arkansas !

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Jan 28, 2020 07:31:14   #
Raw Dawg Ron Loc: St. Petersburg, FL
 
Man is not on a snakes dinner list! Well south Florida where anacondas got loose? Have not heard of an attack yet! Hot summers when snakes breed jest stay out of snake dens, most likely to provoke an attack protecting babies! No see, they heard us and flee out of sight, jest don`t poke-em.

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