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"Rattlesnake Hunt" by: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Notes on snake hunting
by Michael Foshay on 11 February 2014

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Transcript of "Rattlesnake Hunt" by: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

By: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
"Rattlesnake Hunt"
Went to
Arcadia
in the upper
Everglades
to hunt rattlesnakes in
January
Rawlings went to write an
article
for
Ross Allen
Hunting ground was in
Big Prairie
Snakes lived in
gopher holes
in the
winter
Ross uses an
“L”
shaped steel
prong
to hunt snakes
Snakes aren’t
active
in the winter; the
cold

makes them
sluggish
Ross caught
four
snakes by
noon
on the
first
day
Having
snakes
in the
truck
attracted snakes TO the
truck
Hunted
Water Snakes
at
night
. Ross hunted these with
bare hands
Ross had to
dig
some snakes out of the
holes
Snakes pay no attention to a man
standing
perfectly
still
Rattlers
strike
only for
paralyzing
and
killing
their food and for
defense
Lie by and wait for
rats
or
rabbits
, strike, then follow the

trail
till they find paralyzed prey
Rawlings found and caught a snake hiding under a
violet
Dropped snake
three
times trying to
cage

it
Ross
finally had to cage the snake for
Rawlings
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