Thursday, April 5, 2012

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St. Johns County Sheriff, St. Augustine Florida


This is a 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake; in fact, the largest ever caught on record.

This snake was found near the St. Augustine outlet, in a new subdivision just south of Jacksonville.

A little research:

One bite from a snake of this size would contain enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.

The head of this snake alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man.

A bite from those fangs would be comparable to being stabbed by two curved, 1/4 inch diameter screwdrivers.

The knife being used to draw out the fangs for the bottom picture has a blade around 6 inches long.

Notice the girth of this snake as compared to the cop's leg in the first picture (and he is not a small man).

This snake is estimated to have weighed over 170 pounds (how much do you weigh?).

A snake of this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child (and dogs, pigs, etc).

A snake this size has an approximately 5 1/2 foot accurate striking distance; the distance for an average size rattlesnake is about 2 feet (that's because the average rattlesnake is 6 feet long).

This snake has probably been alive since George Bush Sr. was President.

Now just ask yourself these questions:

What has this snake been feeding on and . . . where are it's offspring?

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