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Posted by R Clark on February 20, 2001 at 18:42:12:
In Reply to: Coachwhip story posted by Terry on October 08, 2000 at 14:13:09:
great story, kinda reminds myself of my own wild encouter of a coachwhip. This took place about fifty miles south of Dallas, TX in a amall town near Cleburne, TX. It was '85 or '86 (I was 12 or 13). I was out snake hunting (we had tons of Texas Rats and racers around our house. I was in the middle of this large cattle field when I came across this large coachwhip sunning itself in an open area. When I stumbled across it, it didn't make any attempt to escape but instead came right towards me. It did this repeatedly for about ten or fifteen minutes, then I managed to pin it's head with a cow bone(yes, a cow bone (probably tibia)). Once in hand, this was one of the calmest wild caught snakes I have ever encountered. We measured it and it was just over five feet. We released it later that afternoon of course after greeting dinner guests who were just arriving when we returned from the field.
: Thought some of you might be interested in this tale from my youth, this must have been about 1966.
: I used to go riding around the oil fields near Sundown, Texas with my uncle, who worked there. One day we saw a large coachwhip in the middle of a dirt road. I was never afraid of snakes, and my uncle stopped the truck so I could "run and catch it". The snake started off in the direction of a thick clump of mesquite, and I ran ahead of it in an attempt to intercept it. When our paths met, the snake came up off the ground on the low weeds. Before I knew it that snake was literally in my face, his long, lean head wide open! I quickly hopped to one side, the snake dove into the mesquite thicket, and that was the end of that. My uncle laughed for the rest of the afternoon.
: I have kept a lot of different native snakes over the years, but never a coachwhip. I caught a baby one a month or so ago and brought it home to show my wife. She decided it was "cute", to my surprise. So I whipped together a cage and the little guy is doing fine on pinkies. He has tamed down a lot and will let me hold him without biting. He is quite different from snakes I have kept in the past in that he is very alert and keen to what is going on around him. I say "he", but don't know what sex it is.