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Quote from: "Undertaker" (As a medic, And I thought you were a grave digger. Not sure I'd want a medic that calls himself the undertaker :lol:
(As a medic,
"If you die on the trail
Quote from: "Undertaker""If you die on the trailOut motto is "don't fck up the trip by getting hurt". We carry body bags for those that die on the trail - pick em up on the way out.
Quote from: "JeffB"I've read conflicting reports about the neurotoxicity of Banded RocK Rattlers. Its variable between Type A and Type B neuro-venom. Out of curosity, what do you do for a living or what is your educational background?
I've read conflicting reports about the neurotoxicity of Banded RocK Rattlers. Its variable between Type A and Type B neuro-venom.
Analytical chemist at Xenco Laboratories in Houston..... I'd love to get venom from various snakes at Big Bend and take it back to the lab..... The problem is getting the venom. I love hunting snakes but I'm not too keen on handling them.
Come on Shane, I hoped you'd be our "Venom Collector". I'll hold the camera and you can rassle the snakes.
Quote from: "JeffB"Come on Shane, I hoped you'd be our "Venom Collector". I'll hold the camera and you can rassle the snakes.Depends on what it pays. Starting price is 7 figures before the decimal point.
When Tom was bitten by a rattler a couple of years ago...the jury is out as to whether it was a Mexican Blacktail or a Diamondback...they gave him synthetic anti-venom which is good for Eastern Diamondback, Western Diamondback and, if my memory is correct, Mojave. Tom might want to refresh my memory here and add any recollection of anyone being bit up in the mountains...he has been in the pack 20 years or more. Not giving away his age...he must have been 15 years old when he got a job with the park
The best advice...
Heck, my HS hardly even exists anymore. Metal detectors on all floors and entrances, policemen everywhere - real policemen too - with guns, drug dogs
Great information from BIBEARCH. I'm glad to hear y'all had good treatment and recoveries. I didn't know the park had an ambulance service. That brings up a good question:If one of us is bitten at the park, what is the emergency number to call? And where is the nearest hospital that has antivenom? This would be great information to carry with me on the next trip.We had a near-miss on the trail to the chimneys last year. Hiking at night, my friend stepped right over a western diamondback. I was about 10 feet behind him and almost stepped right on it.And a side question: where is the best place to dine on rattlesnake? I've heard there is a restaurant associated with Lajitas Resort that serves a rattlesnake dish. I've also heard that it is surprisingly very good.
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