A Treasure of Free Homemade Gold Prospecting Equipment Plans and Commentary: Rattlesnakes Are Out This TIme of Year; Be Careful When Prospecting for Gold, and Be Careful at Home

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rattlesnakes Are Out This TIme of Year; Be Careful When Prospecting for Gold, and Be Careful at Home

Frequently we warn about snake activity in the spring and summer in the desert southwest. You really should wear snake guards on your legs, especially if there are high weeds and grass you are trekking through. But just to come back to reality, those of us who live close to the desert should always be aware of what is immediately around us.
I found this guy in my back yard yesterday. He was slithering along a tomato bed, possibly trying to shade himself under the vines. Luckily I spotted him. It would have been very easy for me to reach under the tomato plant to pull off some dead leaves or fertilize.

I also want to pass on an experience I had at a metal detector hunt. Snakes seek cover when alarmed unless you have gotten up dangerously close. A club member was waving his detector under some small branches of a mesquite tree where there was a lot of old dead organic material. Guess who was in there staring at him. No rattle. Maybe the snake thought he was invisible? So then everybody gets warned. People get carried away with there ear phones trying to find treasure, so you need to make sure they hear you.

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