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Dang, you should have captured that one, as it was almost 11 inches longer than the world record!  :angel:

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Dang, you should have captured that one, as it was almost 11 inches longer than the world record!  :angel:

BB, are you saying that it was like that 3' guppy that I caught?     :D    You never know...

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You should put a cache inside the shed snake skin.

The cache is right below it.

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You should put a cache inside the shed snake skin.

The cache is right below it.

 

 

yuck.

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You should put a cache inside the shed snake skin.

The cache is right below it.

 

 

yuck.

 

Green-eyed, it's time to trade in those heels for hiking boots and a snake stick!

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You should put a cache inside the shed snake skin.

The cache is right below it.

 

 

yuck.

 

Green-eyed, it's time to trade in those heels for hiking boots and a snake stick!

 

 

I need the stick.  I've got hiking shoes... haven't had boots in years, but I'll probably get some again shortly.  Wore my hiking shoes on the trails this weekend while camping though.  Didn't deter the *#&@! chiggers and neither did my eau de Deep Woods Off that I was coated in. 

 

One of these rainy/muddy days, I'm going out in my other boots for you and taking a picture.  ::)

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NEW REMEDY for chiggers that works!  I have twenty on each ankle and mixed olive oil with tumeric.  Slather it on and take care not to get it on clothing.  Instant relief.  It will turn you yellow, but it works.

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one of the park rangers at martin dies that a good spray is right guard in the orange spray can... i'm not really sure how spray deodorant is supposed to work, but that's what he said... i'll have to try the turmeric later.  I'm coated in clear nail polish for now and still on a search for the chigger rid in the drugstores.  can't seem to find it anymore.

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Forget the nail polish.  Go straight for the turmeric and olive oil.

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Add some garlic and rosemary and you have a nice marinade for pork chops.

Glad you get relief from the chiggers, though, supposed to be the worst ever.

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I am with Green-eyed and wondering why I keep coming back to read this thread.  I don't care for snake and really wonder why I want to look at their pictures.  I guess it is good to make sure I know which ones be careful of.... but then again in my eyes all snakes are evil and I try to steer clear of every one.  I shouldn't say this out loud but recnetly I was out caching by myself (or Brandon was in the truck waiting while I made it through the bramble) and as I wandered along toward a cache I thought to myself I have been pretty lucky to only have seen one along the trail... at least while geocaching in Texas.  Riding horses in Wyoming is another story.

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You may not have seen the snakes, but I can guarantee they were near. I see them constantly, even as folks I cache with seem to miss them off the trails. They blend in well, especially copper heads, IMO. Whether we like em or not, snakes share our geography. Fortunately, there are limited venomous varieties in our area. You'd do we'll to memorize them and how to quickly identify them. Especially if You or Brandon get bit. Random factoid: A busy ER Doc once told me that of all the venomous snake bites they treat the break down is: Little Boys, mostly hands and arms. Everybody else, leg below the knees. Go figure :-) That same doc told me that it's extremely rare for a snake bite to be deadly in N America. But it is a real pain. Pun intended.

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I imagine the copperhead is the least seen snake in our area.

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I imagine the copperhead is the least seen snake in our area.

 

Gaging from my snake sightings in the area (while geocaching, of course)

here is the list from most common to least common of the poisonous snakes:

1.  Cottonmouth

2.  Copperhead

3.  Coral Snake

 

of the non-poisonous:

1.  Garter Snake

2.  Speckled King Snake

3.  Southern Water Snake

4.  Brown Water snake

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Saw this rare specimen while hiking the Four Cache Loop a few years back.  Just chillin' in the middle of the trail.

 

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I saw a coral snake on the trail at Burrough's Park once, but he slithered away before I could get my camera out.

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So where does one get Turmeric, or is the levels in Curry sufficient?

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I've seen 7 coral snakes since I started caching. I've never been able to get a good picture - they are so fast and shy. The largest was the one that slithered over Mr. Muddy Buddies boot when we were doing the Big Smile. Fendmar and I saw one on the asphalt trail in Meyer Park - not even in the woods!  The most recent one was when Lola and I saw one on the trail in Memorial Park when hunting  the new letterbox. I guess I'm just lucky,  :startled:

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The only coral snake I've ever seen was on the side of my house, dead, beside the body of the family kitty fatally bitten in an epic battle, no doubt. My list is pretty similar to Stan's, but I tend to see more Copper heads in the woodsy areas up here in NW side lately. Ribbons, Garters, and Racers galore!

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Spice section of the grocery store. It does stain cotton yellow and your infected areas. It took 24 hours, but basicvally halted my chigger problem. I now have scabs and applied my normal treatment of ChiggerEx from Wal-Mart.

TAZ427, on 28 May 2013 - 9:19 PM, said:

So where does one get Turmeric, or is the levels in Curry sufficient?

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Okay, let me clarify my earlier statement, "I imagine the copperhead is the least seen snake in our area." Because they blend in so well, the snake I probably pass over not seeing is the copperhead. I don't look for snakes, but movement and I rely on Jedi sense, as we all do.<br /><br />A coral snake crossed the Pilant Slough trail in Brazos Bend SP right at my feet and I almost fell over backwards to keep from stepping on it. The curious pattern on its body gaves it the illusion of moving extremely fast, but I'm not sure that was so - not that they can't move fast, it's just the pattern in grass made it look like it is jerking around as it moved. I've only seen 3. The snake I tend to see the most is the Speckled King Snake.

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Here's a cache by mudfrog I'm going to do soon:<br /><br />GC2QN8G ▼ Slithering Succotash N 30° 15.767 W 094° 09.878<br /><br />No puzzle to solve, nothing extreme, just a nice hike down one of VCSP's beautiful trails. Oh, and before i forget, a unique area where it seems many slithering creatures abound. I spotted three of the harmless variety near ground zero while hiding the cache so figure it must be an area that they are attracted to. Just follow the usual out in the woods precautions, watch where you step and stick your hands,

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