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My father is crazy!

post #1 of 29
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I don't know how this man has lived this long

Today he went to a jobsite at Fort Desoto. He pulled up, put his work van in park and sat there for a few minutes doing paperwork before he got out. When he did get out guess what he stepped on....AN EASTERN DIAMONBACK RATTLESNAKE!
It was over 6 feet long! Stepped right on his neck (about 3 inches from his head). He looked down and it was striking his steel toe work boots. He said it felt like someone hitting his foot with a hammer. He couldn't take his foot off of it because if he did, it would have struck him numerous times. They're very fast!
Well he reached down and grabbed it! Right around it's neck, bare handed! He ended up having to kill it or it would have killed him. And he did it with his hands It had 3 inch long fangs! The mate was about 30 feet away and went into the bushes...thank god!

Knowing no one would believe him he brought it home!
When I got to thier house tonight to go trick-or-treating my mom says "Your dad has something to show you" So I went in and asked him what he had.
He walked us out into the backyard, grabbed a bag and opened it.
I have NEVER seen a rattlesnake THIS big in my life! It had 12 rattles on it!
Tomorrow he is taking it to Fort Desoto which is a state park to show them how big they've gotten there. People go camping, fishing and everything there. He's also going to be on the news because of the way it all happened and how he killed it...
My dad has always been crazy like this (same man who likes to bring home pigmy rattlesnakes to my mom in Gatorade bottles ) but in this situation he had no choice. It was kill or be killed. Thank god he had "cat-like" reflexes!
post #2 of 29
Wow, your dad really is crazy I would have crapped!!

I'm glad he is okay, that would be so scary!!
post #3 of 29
I think I would have collapsed on the spot! But I really like snakes tho (thank you Steve Irwin RIP)...
post #4 of 29
Oh my gosh!!!!! That's so crazy! Just think, thats how easily someone can die!!!!

Give us the link to the article when he's in the news!!!!

Is he cat man with those reflexes!?
post #5 of 29
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Let me also say that he is a HUGE animal lover. He loves and respects every animal/reptile he meets. That's where I inherited my passion from!
post #6 of 29
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Oh my gosh!!!!! That's so crazy! Just think, thats how easily someone can die!!!!

Give us the link to the article when he's in the news!!!!
Holy crap!! Talk about luck- to step right on it's neck

That's hilarious he brought it home to prove it! It's funny that sometimes people don't believe the truth. It reminds me of when my cousin got in an accident because a huge owl swooped at the windshield & it was snowy and she lost control. Well she thought no one would believe her so she told everyone it was a deer!

I'm glad everyone made it out ok.... well except for the snake! Geeze!
post #7 of 29
Wow, how lucky is he????? We need pics of the rattler as well!!
post #8 of 29
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Wow, how lucky is he????? We need pics of the rattler as well!!
I do have pics he's emailing me, but they are a little gruesome. He had to decapitate it and I didn't want to offend or gross anyone out
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256 View Post
I do have pics he's emailing me, but they are a little gruesome. He had to decapitate it and I didn't want to offend or gross anyone out
If you can use Photoshop or something similar you can draw a fake head on him Or blur it out like on Cops!
post #10 of 29
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If you can use Photoshop or something similar you can draw a fake head on him Or blur it out like on Cops!
That's a good idea! I'll do that.
post #11 of 29
oh my gosh! at least he was brave enough to kill it! i would have been freaked out! I'm glad the snake never got a chance to make it past your dad's steel toed boots to strike him.
post #12 of 29
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oh my gosh! at least he was brave enough to kill it! i would have been freaked out! I'm glad the snake never got a chance to make it past your dad's steel toed boots to strike him.
My mom freaked out because we know what these can do if they did bite you.

I have to admit, with it being Halloween we had a little bit of fun with it.
They have a nieghbor whom they can't stand. He took the snake over to her house and stood on the porch while I rang the doorbell. When she answered my dad says "Trick-Or-Treat"
She screamed like she was shot!
Her husband (who we do like) came running through thier house and when he seen what my dad did, he died laughing She was SOOO mad at hime but we got a HUGE kick out of it.
Serves her right for all those years of telling on me when I snuck out!
post #13 of 29
wow your dad is brave! I would have died.
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256 View Post
My mom freaked out because we know what these can do if they did bite you.

I have to admit, with it being Halloween we had a little bit of fun with it.
They have a nieghbor whom they can't stand. He took the snake over to her house and stood on the porch while I rang the doorbell. When she answered my dad says "Trick-Or-Treat"
She screamed like she was shot!
Her husband (who we do like) came running through thier house and when he seen what my dad did, he died laughing She was SOOO mad at hime but we got a HUGE kick out of it.
Serves her right for all those years of telling on me when I snuck out!
That is hysterical!!!!! OMG!!! I bet ya'll got a good laugh outta that
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256 View Post
My mom freaked out because we know what these can do if they did bite you.

I have to admit, with it being Halloween we had a little bit of fun with it.
They have a nieghbor whom they can't stand. He took the snake over to her house and stood on the porch while I rang the doorbell. When she answered my dad says "Trick-Or-Treat"
She screamed like she was shot!
Her husband (who we do like) came running through thier house and when he seen what my dad did, he died laughing She was SOOO mad at hime but we got a HUGE kick out of it.
Serves her right for all those years of telling on me when I snuck out!
that is hilarious!
post #16 of 29
OMG!!! I would have passed out right there on the spot.
You'll have to share pics.
post #17 of 29
That's amazing.
post #18 of 29
Hey Alycia, any chance we could send the snake to Susie's house to visit the nut gnomes?
post #19 of 29
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Here's the pictures of this monster! They aren't as gruesome as I thought so I didn't have to use photoshop. My dad is right at 6'2 if that tells you how long this bad boy was






I still shiver at the thought of stepping on this thing!
post #20 of 29
YIKES

You're dad looks so proud, and rightfully so!!!!!!!
post #21 of 29
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YIKES

You're dad looks so proud, and rightfully so!!!!!!!
Yes, he was! He's crazy also!
post #22 of 29
Holy *&^%!!!! No way I'd stick around to measure that bad boy.
post #23 of 29
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Holy *&^%!!!! No way I'd stick around to measure that bad boy.
The creepiest thing about it was if you touched it, it still moved. Rattles and ALL! 4 hours later and the nerves still hadn't died!
post #24 of 29
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The creepiest thing about it was if you touched it, it still moved. Rattles and ALL! 4 hours later and the nerves still hadn't died!
!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #25 of 29
You know, it's a darn good thing your Dad was wearing steel toe boots. I mentioned this to the guy I work with and I said I would have freaked out and jumped off the snake before making the smart decision and not moving, like your Dad did. But then again, I would have been wearing my flip flops and would have been bit anyway
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256 View Post
I have NEVER seen a rattlesnake THIS big in my life! It had 12 rattles on it! Tomorrow he is taking it to Fort Desoto which is a state park to show them how big they've gotten there. People go camping, fishing and everything there. He's also going to be on the news because of the way it all happened and how he killed it...
Did your dad end up taking in his trophy to the state park??

And what's the dealio with the news!??!
post #27 of 29
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Did your dad end up taking in his trophy to the state park??

And what's the dealio with the news!??!
Well, he called them before going down there and found out they were protected But in this case, it was self defense. The park is going to go look for the mate because she/he will smell the blood from the other snake and hang around that area for a VERY long time. They weren't interested in seeing so he didn't go down there. He disposed of it (minus the rattle to make a keychain out of)
He has refused to be on the news because it would involve the company he works for and he doesn't want any repricussion (sp?) on them because it IS a protected species
post #28 of 29
Smart guy all around!
post #29 of 29
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Smart guy all around!
Thanks!

I have always looked up to my dad. He's a very intelligent man. I remember as a kid thinking "Is there ANYTHING he DOESN'T know?" He was strict though but I'm grateful for it. I hated it as a teen but I now see why he was. I used to think "I'll NEVER be like him" and in actuality, I'm just like him in ALOT of ways.. He has no fear of anything and always seems to be calm and in control of every situation no matter what in life.
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