Funny, I've been around rattlesnakes since I was a little shaver and never heard that from anyone, who knows them. Maybe it fits for the city folks from AZ and further west, but for the folks down here that live among them, we know when they are dead or just playing possum...... Besides, the head and fangs are worth just as much as the skin, so why would I "bury" good money...
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I see more snakes in my backyard than while out camping. About 40 years ago a snake came into our campsite, that is the only one I have ever seen while camping. In my backyard, it is normal for me to see a snake.
Please tell your wife that her fears are not unfounded but the reality is that she and the dogs are more likely to get tick and chigger bites than a snake bite.
I know snakes are found almost everywhere. When we lived out in the bonnies of florida kept the grass cut short and eyes open for snakes. Had to go in under the house after a cottonmouth one time. Years later when back up in northern Indiana I was out fishing on a small lake in the woods. A snake crawled up out of the water, went around first the toe of one shoe then the toe of the other shoe. Just stood still and waited untill it moved off. Kept on fishing, it didn't bother me so I left it alone.
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For those that are not familiar with snakes here in Texas, you might be interested in these 2 facts.......There are 113 different species of snakes in the state and 15 of those species are poisonous. Those that say they never see one, come down for a visit and I will show you one, any day, within 100 yards of our RV.....
Editorial Note: If you live in North America, there are only four main types of venomous snake. Agkistrodon (Cottonmouth, Copperhead), Crotalus (Rattlesnake), and Micrurus (Coral); not to be confused with sub species of rattlesnakes, etc.
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Tell your wife not to worry about the snakes, the wild javelina will eat them. That is, unless the mountain lion get the javelina first. Of course, I don't know how the reintroduced wolves will affect this delicate balance.
Just kidding. You need to be aware of snakes and use common sense. The risk is no greater, and often less then many every day risks she accepts without thought.
Indiana about 30-40 snake species at least four venomous. The venomous snakes aren't widespread in developed areas (as copperheads are here) but a couple species can be common in some of the places people like to go camping, e.g. the forests in the southern part of the state.
Humans are at risk when they surprise snakes, so it is best to be aware of what is on the ground around you, and don't be in sandals and shorts when the vegetation is up to your knees.
Small domestic animals are at high risk, particularly dogs, because they are stupid about wildlife. Dogs want to play their territorial and pack dominance games with everything that moves, and when they challenge coyotes, bears, or venomous snakes, they more often than not lose. Dog behavior is why dogs are banned from many wilderness areas in parks.
Now your wife will be afraid to go camping in Indiana, too.