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Posted by Mr. Sonora on December 04, 2002 at 15:25:12:
In Reply to: Re: Maybe someone in here can answer my question.... posted by WK on December 02, 2002 at 09:53:14:
about a Crotalus molossus bite in Sierra Vista this summer that unfortunately ended fatal. He was staying in Sierra Vista when it happened, so I'm going to take his word for it. Unfortunately he did not know many details, but I assume that if you search for the archives for the local newspaper, you should be able to come up with something. From what I here, it was an adult male (probably around 40) clearing away piles of wood in his backyard. Apparently he was bitten by a large adult C.m. molossus. He made it to the hospital within an hour, but apparently died the next day. Again, I heard this word of mouth, so I don't know.
Either way, I agree with WK that the C. m. molossus are definitely snakes with a high and strong venom yield, and probably comparable to the diamondbacks as far as "how bad they are". Cool snakes though and USUALLY mild-mannered.
You'd have to be an idiot to free-handle one though.