Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 34

Thread: Abundance of snakes!!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Townsend, TN
    Posts
    18

    Default Abundance of snakes!!

    Anyone else noticed an abundance of rattling snakes this year? Before this year I might have saw 2 or 3 rattlers in the park my whole life. So far this year i've probably saw a dozen or so close to the water most of the time also. Anyone know if there is a reason for this, or am I just lucky? If they get much thicker i'm considering adding cro-fab to my fly vest.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    140

    Default

    I wonder if the wet weather has had an impact?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Norris, TN
    Posts
    2,118

    Default

    I would think the excess rains may have the snakes more active due to instability in their habitat. Their nests may be wet or flooding they are probably having to move more often. Not that there are more snakes in population; just that you are seeing them more often due to movement. However; this is just my opinion. I am not educated in this stuff...
    “Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will, & creative imagination.
    These give us the ultimate human freedom... The
    power
    to choose, to respond, to change.”



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Foothills of NC
    Posts
    32

    Default Copperheads

    I have not seen a Rattlesnake this year...thank goodness. But I have seen a few Copperheads, one was way to close for my comfort. He/she was laying about ten feet from Cataloochee Creek. He was coiled up in a sunny spot just having a good ole time. Needless to say I gave it a wide berth.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Rock Hill, SC
    Posts
    992

    Default

    MikeRob--I've seen three snakes, only one of which was poisonous, this year. Although they may seem plentiful to you, there's an absolute dearth of snakes in the Park today as compared to the situation 40-50 years ago. When I was a boy in the 1950s and a young man in the 1960s, water snakes consistently dropped off overhanging limbs into the creek as one progressed upstream while fishing. Similarly, encounters with rattlers and copperheads were fairly common. The difference is very simple--wild hog numbers have increased dramatically, despite ongoing Park efforts to get rid of them. The hogs dine on snakes, poisonous or otherwise, with great delight. Interestingly, the reduciton in the number of snakes is actually a return to pre-Park days, when most famlies (including my father's) allowed their hogs to range freely until late fall. Once they had fattened up on chestnut mast, they were rounded up, often with the help of a catch dog, and slaughtered. Just like the Russian boars which are now such a nuisance in the Park (more on the N. C. side but plenty on both sides), these semi-domestic hogs worked on snakes. Then the creation of the Park gave snakes a breathing period, only to see the expansion of the boars, which originally escaped from a preserve in Graham County, and a reduction in snake numbers. That's probably a lot more history than you wanted, but try to take comfort in the fact that snakes are far fewer now than was once the case. Jim Casada

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Norris, TN
    Posts
    2,118

    Default

    Interesting post! Thanks for taking the time to share~
    “Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will, & creative imagination.
    These give us the ultimate human freedom... The
    power
    to choose, to respond, to change.”



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    irvine ky
    Posts
    444

    Default snakes

    I think I attract snakes-I see em' everytime I come to the park -Have never had any close calls-I have seen lots of copperheads,especially around Tremont-Not many Rattlers-I hate snakes.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Posts
    906

    Default

    To quote Smokie Robinson..."I second that emotion"....the last rattle snake I saw was swimming between my fishing buddy and me in Greenbrier on the river below the Cascades parking area....it was huge....saw snakes everywhere for the rest of the week...we came across a big rattler that apparently had drown in a log jam up above Elkmont several years ago....thing was still creepy.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    88

    Default shnaked alive

    Well, in my brief three years living around the mountains, I have had one of my snakiest years yet, of course, I look for them. Copperheads really seem abundant this year, maybe just more mobile and visible due to the cooler weather. As someone mentioned previously, Tremont is a great place to go see a copper. As far as rattlers, I have had few encounters, but during the last month I have been able to locate one almost daily. I still have yet to find a rattler den but I'm looking. Copperhead dens I have found, well at least one. As far as other snakes, northern water snakes are as usual, extremely abundant and visible. One unusual serpent I've encountered this year was a red belly snake, a fairly small snake, about 10 inches or so. Fairly dark, lightly patterned dorsal side, top side, and a brilliantly bright red ventral side, the belly. Harmless and beautiful. what a creature. In case there is any doubt, I love snakes and I love finding them. Even my mother, when she visits, has found a snake out here she likes, the northern ringneck, a very common and medium sized friendly snake. she's strongly disliked snakes most of her life. If anyone is interested in finding some, or one, just let me know. also, i had no idea that the pigs feasted on snakes. interesting

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    The Glades
    Posts
    573

    Default

    you can never have too many snakes.....they eat lotsa nasty lil creatures...voles, mice, rats
    I started with nothing, and I have most of it left.
    www.angelfire.com/film/samsfotosafari

Similar Threads

  1. Snakes!
    By JayR in forum Smoky Mountain Fishing
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-23-2015, 10:49 AM
  2. Reminder: Snakes
    By MadisonBoats in forum Tennessee Trout Streams and Tailwaters
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 04-10-2010, 02:55 PM
  3. Bears and snakes
    By hedge in forum Smoky Mountain Fishing
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 03-22-2008, 10:40 AM
  4. Snakes
    By christopher in forum Smoky Mountain Fishing
    Replies: 42
    Last Post: 06-16-2006, 01:09 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •