Monday, January 09, 2006
Weird Weather, Weird Science
The weather here in West Texas has been unseasonably warm during the days. I was talking to a local rancher this weekend who said that he had killed a rattlesnake last week. He said that the rattler was so cold and stiff that he could not coil itself up to strike.
This reminded me of a story from years ago. A friend of mine and myself were heading down a dirt road after an early and unexpected freeze. A rattlesnake was laying in the road frozen stiff as a board. I got out of the truck and chunked him in the back. Upon arriving at my friends shop, we threw him in a five gallon bucket in front of a space heater. We wondered if the frozen snake would still live after he heated up. Sure enough after he had thawed out, we had one pissed off snake in a bucket.
Being of scientific minds, we decided that we would further experiment with the snake. As we were smoking some medicinal herbs, we decided to see if the smoke would calm the savage reptilian beast. We customized a lid with a hose attached to the top. Then we took turns expelling the smoke from the medicinal herb which we smoked from a water pipe into the bucket. When we felt that the atmosphere inside the bucket was sufficient for our purposes, we fashioned a stopper on the hose for the retention of the buckets atmosphere ( that and we could not handle any more of the medicinal herb).
The results of our experimentation were simply that if a rattlesnake is frozen or sufficiently medicated, he would make an excellant housepet. But the amount of medicinal herb would be staggering as the effect on the snake was short lived and he was back to being pissed off long before the effect wore out on us. So if you want a pet rattlesnake, I would advise keeping him frozen.