QUESTION: Will a bite from the snake pictured above kill you? ANSWER: No. Although the Western Hognose can both flatten its head to look like a cobra, hiss loudly, and is known to shake its tail in dried brush to mimic a rattling sound when threatened, the hognose is non-venomous. Actually, king snakes like this one keep varmints under control and are generally helpful to have around. CONTINUE READING FOR QUESTION 2>>
The launch of the affordable and nearly indestructible GoPro camera has unleashed a tidal wave of amazing footage onto the internet. Some of this footage is impressive for the courage it took to film it, some is impressive for the stupidity for which the footage serves as evidence. This video is somewhere right in between the two. On the one hand, the person guiding this camera had to get dangerously close to a massive rattlesnake den. On the other hand, that’s not the smartest idea in the world…. and neither is dangling a hastily security camera into a pit of hostile […]
WARNING: Male readers gird your loins, as you are about to read one of the most horrifyingly nightmarish tales ever to grace the pages of The Patriot Caller. A 46-year-old man has endured possibly the most painful (physically and emotionally) snakebite in human history, after he was bit on the penis by venomous Levantine viper while casually relieving himself in a field. Ouch. According to his case, chronicled in the New England Journal of Medicine, the man was rushed to a nearby hospital in Kasmir where doctors luckily had a dose of the proper antivenin. RELATED: Will a Bite from […]
QUESTION: Will a bite from the snake pictured above bankrupt you? It doesn’t take a herpetologist (reptile scientist) to know that it’s extremely dangerous to get too close to a rattlesnake. But even if you do survive a bite, what are the financial ramifications? Let’s just say that, if the venom doesn’t get you, the hospital bill might scare you to death… ANSWER: Take a look at this hospital bill. It very well may shock you… Remember the Rattlesnake bite story I did Monday? Guy just sent me this pic of his bill. Uhhhhhhh….. pic.twitter.com/ahK2W9KxVg — Dan Haggerty (@10NewsHaggerty) July […]
In our opinion, there’s really no reason to ever put a living rattlesnake in a bag, ever. But thousands of rattlesnake roundup fanatics around the US would disagree. For some, the thrill of capturing live venomous snakes is apparently worth the risks. RELATED: This is What 5,000lbs of Rattlesnakes Looks Like [VIDEO] In this video, professional rattlesnake hunter Tim Fitzer demonstrates the process and safety measures he’s developed over a lifetime of capturing these snakes. But this video isn’t just a simple how-to, Fitzer is demonstrating his prowess on a very strong 6-foot snake!
Rattlesnakes come in a wide variety of sizes and colors (there are 32 known species and 79 subspecies), but hot pink… that’s a new one. Hot pink rattlesnakes weren’t thought to exist until only recently, when a Salt Lake City man noticed one slithering near the University of Utah campus. Only after capturing the snake for further inspection did researchers discover that it was not a new species or an albino specimen… RELATED: This is What 5,000 Pounds of Rattlesnakes Looks Like [VIDEO] It had simply been spray painted as a prank. Waaah wah. As you can see in the […]
Why do we enjoy dangerous animals so much? It’s hard to say… Perhaps it’s the survival aspect that makes venomous snakes, bears, and cougars so darned interesting to us, but it’s plainly evident that both we and our readers are keenly interested in dangerous animals. Here’s proof: RELATED: Coyote Faces Off With Bobcat in Park [VIDEO] RELATED: How to Survive a Bear Attack [VIDEO] RELATED: How to Identify Venomous North American Snakes [PICS] RELATED: Will a Bite From This Spider Kill You? [VIDEO] Many would say we’re simply morbid or paranoid, but here at The Patriot Caller, we prefer to believe we’re […]
QUESTION: Will a bite from the snake pictured above kill you? ANSWER: No. Often mistaken for highly venomous coral snake, the scarlet king snake pictured above is non-venomous and even beneficial to have around for rodent control. The coral snake (featured on page 10) is identified by the common Boy Scout saying “Red and yellow, kill a fellow. Red and black, friend of Jack.” Thus, if the snake has red and yellow bands touching, it’s a Texas coral snake or eastern coral snake. The Arizona coral snake features a very pale yellow band, nearly white, that touches its yellow bands.