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    Quote Originally Posted by last5oh_302 View Post
    I've never seen one, and not for lack of looking. My understanding is if you do get bitten (like you said, better chance at winning lottery - in just seeing one I think) their venom isn't all that strong and will usually only give flu like symptoms.
    Flu-like symptoms? Don't be fooled,they can give you quite a whack and screw you up big time. The only saving grace is that their venom doesn't act quite as quick as a full size rattler,but,it can kill just the same if you don't get to a hospital for antivenom treatment ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trimmer21 View Post
    Flu-like symptoms? Don't be fooled,they can give you quite a whack and screw you up big time. The only saving grace is that their venom doesn't act quite as quick as a full size rattler,but,it can kill just the same if you don't get to a hospital for antivenom treatment ASAP.
    Oh ok, I stand corrected. I just did some reading on them and yeah, you definitely need treatment if you get zapped. Good thing I never found one and tried to cuddle up with it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntnfish View Post
    Wow there is intelligence to the highest degree. Hey won't don't you take up a safer sport like curling.
    Where in the H did that come from? Do YOU, think it is OK to kill protected snakes? I think not!

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    having spent the better part of the last 20 years in the parry Sound / Point Aux Baril area, I have seen my share.

    They are elusive, and shy. If you sustain a bite, you were either harassing the snake, or you just plain stepped on it. Best time to see them is Early Fall, mid-morning, or early evening. They will come out on the rocks to suck up the heat.

    Every sighting was treated as a blessing, most should view it that way. They are hardly the agressive, Timber, or Sidewinders like their cousins in the South.
    "Camo" is perfectly acceptable as a favorite colour.

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    There was once a good number of them in the Niagara Gorge. Have not seen one in at least 50 years................Daniel

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