[UPDATE: Credit to John Preyer for identifying this mail (from my wife) as a scurrilous lie. I checked and the same email sometimes says Texas, Missouri, etc: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/txsnake.asp. I usually Snopes this kind of stuff before passing it on, but this one caught me off guard. I guess the shark pics earlier in the week softened me up. (Are they real?). Anyway, I will leave it on the blog as a sign of my shame and a lesson to others.]
How about this rattler found on Radio Island in the Morehead City harbor? Radio Island is right next door to where the sharks were photographed a couple of weeks back. Yikes! The NC Coast is seeming rather fearsome.
THEY GROW ‘EM BIG IN MOREHEAD CITY
97 lb rattlesnake found in just SOUTHEAST of
Morehead City on Radio Island before Beaufort.
9 feet, 1 inch – 97 lbs. – Biggest rattler found
in NC since Bob Eaereds captured one in
1969 that measured 9 feet, 1 inch but only weighed
This old guy was found inside an open water drum
near an abandoned boat hull laying on the shore.
You can see the jet fuel tanks in the background.