ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) — A Florida snake trapper said the newspaper photo of a rattlesnake he killed outside a St. Augustine residence exaggerated the snake’s length.
The eastern diamondback snake measured 7 feet, 3 inches long, but appeared longer in a St. Augustine Record photo Wednesday. The largest of its kind recorded was 8 feet long, the Record reported Thursday.
“Actually, I’ve killed them bigger than that before,” he said. “It’s rare, but it’s not like hitting the lottery or anything. If you look hard enough, you’ll find them,” said Brandon Booth, owner of A-1 Trapper Man, who responded to a resident’s call to come and kill the snake.
Although rattlesnakes of that length are not uncommon, the snake Booth killed was “a formidable rattlesnake,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill.
“(The snake) is another victim of development because a lot of people just don’t like snakes. They sure don’t want a rattlesnake around their house,” Hill said.
“I was always brought up that the only good poisonous snake is a dead poisonous snake,” Booth agreed.
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