Keep a watch on your kids!!!

Imagine this for a pet. Its dangerous in my home state!

I know they get this big. WAYYYYYYYYY back when I was like 16 or so I was on a little place called Fleming Island in Orange Park Florida. This was before Eagle Harbor was developed and country folk owned everything. Well, my Uncle and Dad and I were at a property we just bought and they asked me to walk out through the woods looking for the survey sticks and I said no problem. About 100 feet from the orange flags I heard a distinct rattle. Rattler??? It was as big as the one in this photo and not happy with me at all. I told my Uncle and Dad and they said "Aw go on ya sissy. There aint nuttin out there" I moved a few feet and heard it again and came running back. So then they went out there to show me how stupid I was. I stayed behind and then they came running back hollerin' RATTLER!!! lol My Uncle went to get his gun which was no help because Barney Fife could not find his bullets... By the time he did all we saw was the snakes tail vanish into the brush weeds... That was a scarey snake story. You had to be there.The snake in this photo is located in St. Johns county, Fl. Scarey part is it also is at a very large commercial outlet where you can buy anything you want, so kids need to be on the lookout. As a kid I grew up like this, but now I have kids so y'all know how it goes!


 

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This is a 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake -
the largest ever caught on record, in fact.

This snake was found Near the St. Augustine outlet,
in a new KB homes subdivision just south of Jacksonville FL.

A little research revealed the following:

One bite from a snake of this size would contain
enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.

The head of this snake alone is larger than
the hand of a normal sized man.

A bite from those fangs would be comparable
to being stabbed by two curved, 1/4 inch diameter screwdrivers.

The knife being used to draw out the fangs for the
bottom picture has a blade around 6 inches long.

This snake is estimated to have weighed over
170 pounds. (How much do you weigh?)

Notice the girth of this snake as compared to the cop's leg
in the first picture (and he is not a small man).

A snake of this size could easily swallow a
2 year-old child (and dogs, pigs, etc).

A snake this size has an approximately 5 1/2 foot
accurate striking distance.
(The distance for an average size rattlesnake is about 2 feet)

This snake has probably been alive
since George Bush Sr. was President.

Now just ask yourself these questions:
What has this snake been feeding on and where are its offspring?
 
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