Coral Snake, Orlando Wetlands, FL

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I didn't handle this one. Coral snakes are difficult to hold because they squirm and twist, and their heads are so small. Much safer and easier is a 4 to 5 foot Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake...small neck and big head...easy to hold on to. But seriously, I haven't handled a venomous snake since the 80's, when I got paid to do it. Since then, I view them from a safe distance as I believe everyone should.
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What did you do that required you to handle poisonous snakes? Well, I guess in the 70's I handled brown bears, on a research project, and moving bears that were a hazard in campgrounds. But I used tranquilizer darts. I spent sone time with researchers working on pygmy rattlesnakes, and there are no tranquilizer darts for them.
 
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What did you do that required you to handle poisonous snakes? Well, I guess in the 70's I handled brown bears, on a research project, and moving bears that were a hazard in campgrounds. But I used tranquilizer darts. I spent sone time with researchers working on pygmy rattlesnakes, and there are no tranquilizer darts for them.
For two years I took care of the snakes at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. That included handling lots of Eastern Diamondbacks. Fun job but college called.
 
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For two years I took care of the snakes at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. That included handling lots of Eastern Diamondbacks. Fun job but college called.
As a youth, I sold snakes to a shop at Lenox in Atlanta Ga. There was another Herp guy not far from me. Older much experience and a nice collection in his mother's basement. I was hitching across north Atlanta when he rolled up in his ancient 2 cycle Volvo, I piled in and started feeling the snake bag on the seat. I ran my hand over it for a long time and asked what the heck have got there it is so long and slim. A black Mamba he said. I was shocked, and I never did get back over to see it.
 
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Bobby, it has been a number of years, but I spent time in Florida and really enjoyed the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, mostly for bird photos.
 

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