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Rattlesnake supposedly killed recently on a golf course in Macon, GA. E-mail text follows (from a relative of mine):

A little something for you golfers to think about the next time you go after a lost ball in the rough. How's this for a 'hazard' on the course?This is the golf course off Hartley Bridge Road in Macon .

This is a timber rattler killed last weekend.(4-12-08) It is by far

The biggest rattle snake I have ever seen. Although diamond back

Rattlers get this big and maybe even bigger, I did not know

Those timber rattlers reached that size. I have not talked to Ollie

About how many rattles it had or it's actual size and length was,

But since he is about 5'9' the snake appears to be at least 8 feet

Long if not longer, and is bigger around than his arms.

He killed the snake on number 8 at Oakview while looking for his

Ball. He killed the snake with a 2 iron. The man holding the snake

Is greens keeper.

:shock: :shock: :shock:
 

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synisterrabbit said:
now the golf course will be overun with gofers.
Funny how that works isn't it :neutral:
Kinda like the coyote problem around Atlanta.... People give them a prime feeding ground and no competition or predators "Can't shoot them in the city limits" , then they are amazed when they come :wink: For all our intellect we are pretty stupid :neutral:
 

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I"d love to have the skin, and rattle. I stepped on two Pigmy (Mausasaugua Rattlers) last year. Its against the law to kill em though, so no skins for me. :neutral:
 

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i'm pretty saddened by this story, actually.

I'm no tree-hugger by any means... but that snake has gotta be an old son... he's probably been around for awhile and beating him to death over a mere golf ball seems one hell of a waste.

at least make a stew out of the meat. I hear snakes especially rattlers make good eating.
 

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i'm pretty saddened by this story, actually.

I'm no tree-hugger by any means... but that snake has gotta be an old son... he's probably been around for awhile and beating him to death over a mere golf ball seems one hell of a waste.

at least make a stew out of the meat. I hear snakes especially rattlers make good eating.
Singleactionpapa says they ain't bad :wink:
 

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:shock: Rattlesnake IS some VERY good eating: whitest, leanest meat there is. Fry it up like a piece of chicken & it is excellent. :grin:
 

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....

and now I'm hungry.
 

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Thats not a very big rattlesnake. Check out how big the end of the stick is.

It is an old trick, I am in the fishing business and we are constantly holding fish out to make them appear larger...but your hands tell the story :)

Still cool.

When I lived in the panhandle of Texas we had some monster diamond backs. I would never kill one unless I had to, they are very efficient killers. I am NO fan of snakes by any means, but rattlesnakes pose no real threat unless you run on top of one...they don't chase you down or try and hunt you...hell if anything they keep the mice and stray cats lower in population :)
 
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big snake..shame really tho. It looks almost more like a Gaboon Viper except for the rattles.
 

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That snake is alive and not very big. Like the comment above, he's at the end of a long stick. Why is he at the end of a long stick? Cause he's alive. Some guys caught it, took some photos and then realized when they looked at the photos later that it looked huge because the snake is 5ft closer to the camera than the guy is. Cameras exaggerate forced perspective. Thats the term for that trick.
 

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That snake is alive and not very big. Like the comment above, he's at the end of a long stick. Why is he at the end of a long stick? Cause he's alive. Some guys caught it, took some photos and then realized when they looked at the photos later that it looked huge because the snake is 5ft closer to the camera than the guy is. Cameras exaggerate forced perspective. Thats the term for that trick.
:doh:

I'm an idiot. It didnt even register that the snake isnt dangling limply but somewhat coiled in an S shape.
 

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dr1553 said:
That snake is alive and not very big. Like the comment above, he's at the end of a long stick. Why is he at the end of a long stick? Cause he's alive. Some guys caught it, took some photos and then realized when they looked at the photos later that it looked huge because the snake is 5ft closer to the camera than the guy is. Cameras exaggerate forced perspective. Thats the term for that trick.
I think yer right... otherwise he would be straight as a board.
 

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Speedfreak said:
dr1553 said:
That snake is alive and not very big. Like the comment above, he's at the end of a long stick. Why is he at the end of a long stick? Cause he's alive. Some guys caught it, took some photos and then realized when they looked at the photos later that it looked huge because the snake is 5ft closer to the camera than the guy is. Cameras exaggerate forced perspective. Thats the term for that trick.
I think yer right... otherwise he would be straight as a board.

The snake could still be dead (or perhaps in the process of dying if it had been beaten). I can tell you from first hand experience that the muscles of a snake can continue to contract long after the snake has been killed.

I would definitely agree that holding out the snake on a stick is making it seem much bigger than it really is. As stated above, it's a common fisherman's trick to make your catch look bigger. I've done it many times myself. Regardless, it is still a large snake and I hope they didn't kill it. I like the Canebrake/Timber rattle snakes.
 
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