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08-25-2013, 04:58 PM #1
AR Press: Giant cottonmouth snake found in Carlisle
KTHV (Little Rock, Arkansas) 21 August 13 Giant cottonmouth snake found in Carlisle
Carlisle, Ark.: Rice farmers in Carlisle squared off with a gigantic cottonmouth snake. Now a picture of the serpent is gaining buzz online.
Lee Schafer pulled up a picture of proof that he stood off with a massive cottonmouth. The day started like any other on the family's rice farm.
"We got a slough that's got a bunch of beaver dams in it. We were tearing it out to keep the water out of the beans, and we saw it on the edge of the field there."
Schafer and his farm hand Arnie Rodriguez stared down the poisonous serpent knowing they had a fight on their hands.
"I guess it was so big, it knew it was, and it started coming toward us," said Schafer.
The farmers said they didn't have time to be afraid as instinct kicked in. Rodriguez actually killed the snake with a farm rake, and Schafer said it's a day he'll never forget.
"It was more fat than anything, its head was about as big as my hand," said Schafer.
The average length of the Western Cottonmouth is three feet. Arkansas Game and Fish officials said it's illegal to kill snakes unless they are threatening you.