Snakes on my boat

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Tim Fortier

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I pray to god I don’t have any, question any suggestions if some one did the best way to trap it ?
Take a fishing rod and tie a loop knot in the end of the line. Use the rod to extend the loop around the snakes head, then cinch it down against the end eye.

Or go with the A-10 Warthog.
Take a fishing rod and tie a loop knot in the end of the line. Use the rod to extend the loop around the snakes head, then cinch it down against the end eye.

Or go with the A-10 Warthog.
I assume that should be "take your least expensive fishing rod" - I'm thinking the fishing rod is at more risk than the snake in this endeavor
Tips to help stay safe around rattlesnakes
SALT LAKE CITY — Rattlesnakes strike fear in the hearts of some people. But they shouldn’t. Knowing a little about how these reptiles behave and doing a few simple things can go a long way in keeping you and the snakes safe.

Five rattlesnake species live in Utah, the most common of which is the Great Basin rattlesnake. Rattlesnakes in Utah are currently on the move, looking for water and rodents after emerging from their dens following a long winter. They are most active during the summer at dawn and dusk. Snakes mainly eat rodents, birds and other reptiles.

Five rattlesnake species live in Utah, the most common of which is the Great Basin rattlesnake.

Rocky, high-elevation slopes are the places in Utah where you are most likely to encounter rattlesnakes; however, a rattlesnake’s camouflage helps it to blend into its surroundings, so you may pass by a rattlesnake and never know it.

Rattlesnakes are protected under Utah law, making it illegal to harass or kill one. They are an important part of Utah’s ecosystem and help keep the rodent population in check.

You may see a rattlesnake while out camping or hiking this summer. However, snake bites are quite rare and most people who are bitten by rattlesnakes are harassing or trying to illegally kill the snake. Like most animals, rattlesnakes fear humans and will do anything they can to avoid us.

“However, that changes if a snake thinks it’s threatened and there’s no way to escape,” DWR native species coordinator Drew Dittmer said. “In that case, the snake will often strike to protect itself. Just don’t approach it. Give it plenty of space, and leave it alone. Respect the snake, and it will respect you.”

When you are out hiking, make sure to always watch the trail ahead of you, and to check carefully before stepping over rocks, reaching onto ledges or sitting down on a rock or log.

  • Remain calm and do not panic. Stay at least 5 feet from the snake. Make sure to give it plenty of space.
  • Do not try to kill the snake. Doing so is illegal and greatly increases the chance the snake will bite you.
  • Do not throw anything at the snake, like rocks or sticks. Rattlesnakes may respond to this by moving toward the person doing the throwing, rather than away from them.
  • Alert people to the snake’s location. Advise them to use caution and to respect the snake. Keep children and pets away from the area. Keep your dog on a leash. Allowing your dog to roam around increases the chance the dog will find a snake and get bit.
  • If you hear a rattle, don’t jump or panic. Try to locate where the sound is coming from before trying to move, so you don’t step closer to the snake or on top of it.
Depending on where you live, you could find a snake in your yard. Aside from building a fence that rattlesnakes can’t penetrate, here are some other useful tips to help keep rattlesnakes out of your yard:

  • Reduce the number of places that provide snakes with shelter. Brush, wood, rock and junk piles are all things you should eliminate from your yard.
  • Control rodent populations. Bird feeders and water are two of the main items that draw rodents to yards, which in turn can attract snakes.
  • Avoid scaring away harmless snake species, such as gopher snakes. Having other snake species on or near your yard may deter rattlesnakes from wandering through.

You can get additional rattlesnake safety tips on the Wild Aware Utah website.
You take care of it the way your dad taught you, which ever method that was is how you are comfortable. I have friends who use both, myself I am not comfortable grabbing one behind the head, I use the other one.
Remember they do swim - as a couple stopping to take a swim here on Havasu found out last weekend, lucky for them they noticed the rattle snake swimming in the cove before they went in the water and then warned other people in Steamboat Cove there was a snake in the water there. With rising water, it is possible they could be seen swimming in Lake Powell, too.
One thing that no one is saying is that rattlesnakes are not aggressive creatures and don't go out looking to bite humans. I come across them all the time on my property and several times at the lake. If you come across one, just stay calm and try to push it away gently. Yes that is possible.

Personal experience... Back when we flood irrigated our property, I was out in the field and the alfalfa was about a foot high. I looked down and there was a rattler in between my feet making his way towards the middle of the field. It was about 4' long so decent sized. I never heard a rattle and it never felt threatened. Once it passed, I went on with my chores and maybe it found some lunch.

But for those of use that see a lot of them, they do make tasty morsels on the grill. :)
Wayne, the article says killing the rattlesnakes is illegal. I have not heard that before. Is that a federal law for the park, an Arizona law, or a Utah law?
I have a herpetologist tool. Has a pistol grip and pinchers on the end. Aluminum and have used it for years. Just pinch them and pick them up and move them out. I had one in the yard that tried to bite my dog so he ended up skinned, tanned and on a very cool mounting board. If they are in my yard I kill them. If not I let them go. I know in AZ there are a couple of rare species that are protected but you can kill diamondbacks here. I have had them swim out and try to crawl over the transom of my bass boat.
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