Our Rattlesnake Adventures part 2 of 4

Onlookers in the back of the truck

Onlookers in the back of the truck

Neighbours helped us skin the 3.5 ft snake and remove the entrails which we poked and prodded at, surprised to find the heart beating even near an hour after being killed.

It beat until it was completely removed from the rest of the entrails.  You can see that in this following video (gross to some, be forewarned).  And you’ll notice in the upper right side is a brown blob…..a partially digested mouse with detached tail.  The snake didn’t smell until the mouse popped out, literally.

heart in A's hand

It might sound gross, the whole process of handling the dead writhing snake but it was absolutely fascinating, even for those of us normally very uncomfortable around snakes.

Toveli, was surprised that she held it, and multiple times without any obvious fear even when it moved.  Well, she dropped it once!

Toveli: I was surprised that she held it, and multiple times without any obvious fear even when it moved. Well, she dropped it once!

We stretched the skin so Mitchell can make some leather work out of it.  Not sure what….maybe a belt; Frank gave him a Captian Morgan buckle.

Not sure if the little wormy things inside the snake were a type of parasite, or little snakes.  Gross, but Mitchell washed them out down at the sea.  It’s now chilling to eat another day.

 

You can read part 1 here

VIEW FROM OUR KITCHEN:

Our cupboards and kitchen sink

Our cupboards and kitchen sink

4 thoughts on “Our Rattlesnake Adventures part 2 of 4

  1. Okay that is totally gross, fascinating but gross. I am the first to pick up a garter snake but anything that is poisonous noooo. Head attached or not! The kids were very interested and amazed that the heart was still beating and that the severed head could still bite after an hour.

    • We were told this past summer by a fellow that you need to always keep dogs away from dead rattlesnakes as they can get sick/poisoned from biting into their flesh. Don’t know about that, but they are certainly quite the experience.

  2. Indy says “blehhhh!!!” and shuddered. Josh and Noah and I say “cool!”. That was amazing! Are you sure it was dead?!?

    • Imagine Mitchell down at the sea washing the flesh only and its still writhing. No skin, head, guts. Just the flesh with bones wiggling. Creepy but fascinating.

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