skinning a rattlesnake

  • Added:  4 months ago
  • Killed a rattlesnake this morning. Before you get your panties in a knot - I kill any rattlesnake I see here because they can kill me. Just so you know - in almost 10 years of living out here, I only see and kill about 2 rattlesnakes a year. And as for rodent control...killing one rattlesnake does not effect the rodent population. A rattlesnake eats about one mouse per week. A female mouse gives birth to over 50 mice per year - so unless your rattlesnake is only eating pregnant females, a single rattlesnake has little effect on the overall rodent population. News Theme by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Artist:
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Comments: 33

  • PimiPetty
    PimiPetty 3 months ago +1

    do the snake move after dead? why?

    • TheFieldLab
      TheFieldLab  3 months ago

      A snake’s body will randomly twitch as the dying nerves fire off. Reptile bodies will continue to move for quite a while because they’re more efficient and don’t need as much oxygen, so the dying process takes longer. It’s all just random nerve firings - convulsions. More disturbing than this is the fact that a severed snake head takes just as long to die for the same reasons. The problem there is that the head still has a brain and can actually try to bite you. This is why I shoot a rattlesnake in the head - then cut it off. I am still very careful not to get any part of me within biting range of the head.

  • Rekku Ramones
    Rekku Ramones 3 months ago

    How many rattlesnakes you need to make a boots?

    • AceMurphy2
      AceMurphy2 3 months ago

      Reminds me of the time I asked my surgeon how many stitches will there be ? His response ? As many as it takes.

    • Rekku Ramones
      Rekku Ramones 3 months ago

      Thats a solid answer^^

    • TheFieldLab
      TheFieldLab  3 months ago

      Depends on how big your feet are...

  • Hoe Dan
    Hoe Dan 3 months ago +2

    That's one majestic beard you've got there

  • Shawna Graves
    Shawna Graves 3 months ago

    Wow, impressive! You show how easy it is to "make" our own food. Next time I have to take care of a rattler, I will remember this-- may not follow through, but I'll consider it!

  • Keith Tipton
    Keith Tipton 3 months ago

    Umm, fajita seasoning, really?

  • naanda
    naanda 3 months ago

    How'd you kill it without breaking the skin?

  • Mary Charest
    Mary Charest 3 months ago

    Ok -- stupid snake question: If you cut the head off, will it still be poisonous to the rest of the meat, or is the gland just the head area?

    • TheFieldLab
      TheFieldLab  3 months ago

      The venom is in the head only. Even if it was in the meat of the snake, it wouldn't matter. Venom needs to be injected into soft tissue where it will enter the blood stream and thus carried round the body to be effective. If ingested, the acids and enzymes contained in both saliva and the stomach will break it down to harmless chemicals very quickly.

  • Geo Jeff
    Geo Jeff 4 months ago

    I hope to see this on the solar dish cooker soon.

  • jose Godina 122
    jose Godina 122 4 months ago

    who can help me when I'm going to Texas

    • Thomas Hanson
      Thomas Hanson 3 months ago

      I think he might be illegal, so....I sure won't.

    • TheFieldLab
      TheFieldLab  4 months ago might want to be a little more specific.

  • gsc1039
    gsc1039 4 months ago +1

    People have told me that rattlesnake tastes like chicken, but I've always felt that they were pulling my leg...

    • Rixanne H
      Rixanne H 4 months ago

      it's like a flaky chicken. Rabbit tastes more like chicken than rattlesnake. Try them just to say you did. :)

    • TheFieldLab
      TheFieldLab  4 months ago

      Rattlesnake pretty much tastes like...rattlesnake. Final flavor depends on whatever you season it with.

  • Dan Cox
    Dan Cox 4 months ago +5

    Watched, thanks, when Chupa started crowing my rooster started going nuts. At 11:15 pm Lololol

    • TheFieldLab
      TheFieldLab  4 months ago

      Ha....My roosters went nuts when they heard themselves while I was editing the video. Chupa at 3:42 and Manny at 3:57 I left in the final video. I had to redo a couple of takes when they crowed while I was talking.

  • floyd schott
    floyd schott 4 months ago +2

    Getting a rattle snake bite hours away from a doctor can get serious fast . Good video - I think chupa wants to kill the snake .

    • Rixanne H
      Rixanne H 4 months ago

      I think the rooster was warning off the other rattlers by offering them a loud play-by-play of the skinning.

  • Bob Vance
    Bob Vance 4 months ago

    thank you for talking in this one.

  • Jeff Umstead
    Jeff Umstead 4 months ago +1

    Been following your blog for years, watched you build the greenhouse in picture form. I'd love to see vids of new projects, like maybe renovating the airstream. Have you made any progress lately with desert veggies? Looked to be one of the more difficult projects. Keep up the good work!

    • TheFieldLab
      TheFieldLab  4 months ago

    • Rixanne H
      Rixanne H 4 months ago

      you broke your leg?! how did I miss this? Did you go skiing down the alps again?

    • TheFieldLab
      TheFieldLab  4 months ago

      More projects coming up...including some farming again. I let everything die off in the greenhouse when I broke my leg.

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