Giant Rattlesnake Killed In Southern Sebastian County

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HARTFORD (KFSM) -- Pictures of a giant rattlesnake killed in southern Sebastian County have circulated across social media.

The western diamondback rattlesnake was said to attack a man's dog, and that was when the man decided to kill it. It is illegal to kill a snake in Arkansas unless there is an immediate threat of danger.

The snake was estimated to be between eight and 10 feet long, although on average, the type of rattlesnake grows to be between four and five in length.

Pet store owner Dan Jones said one easy way to identify a venomous snake is a diamond-shaped head and slanted eyes. He also cautioned that some snakes should be welcome on home properties, as they can control rodents and even poisonous snakes that could be lurking around.

"A king snake will kill copperheads and rattlesnakes," Jones said. "So if you see speckled king snakes, you actually want those on your property."

2 comments

  • Rhonda Miller

    As for this “news” report–you missed a wonderful opportunity to educate the public, a sure way to protect them, and instead chose fear as click bait. Are journalists now basing their reports on nothing more than rumor and say so? The image shown is clearly one of forced perspective, you know, as in holding an item very close to the camera for the picture to make it look much bigger than it actually is? It’s a rattlesnake. In its natural environment. Taking care of vermin and obviously doing a good job of it. Many non-venomous snakes also have diamond-shaped heads and at least one, the coral snake, does not. The very best way to deal with a snake, especially if you don’t know anything about snakes, is to leave it be. You greatly increase your odds of being bitten when you engage it. Remember, rattlesnakes don’t attack, they defend. If it’s on your property, and you don’t want it there, clean up your property. Snakes don’t hang around if there is no food to be had.

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