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All the old timers around here call pileated woodpeckers "wood hens," too. And grandpa used to shoot 'em and eat 'em.

What I have heard called a pilot snake here is just a big, grayish color-phase copperhead. The old timers swore they were two different snakes. They also said hoop snakes would roll down a hill and chase you, and stick you with the deadly stinger on the ends of their tails; and that if you chopped a joint snake up, the pieces would crawl around until they found each other and would grow back together.


Back in 2006 before I retired, we were working the 115,000 volt line that runs through Chickasawhatchee WMA down here and I saw this rascal rolling towards us. Everybody jumped in the trucks and shut the doors and I stayed up in the bucket on my truck and got this shot as it came by. Luckily, it was in a hurry and went on outa sight. Only one I`ve ever seen.
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Back in 2006 before I retired, we were working the 115,000 volt line that runs through Chickasawhatchee WMA down here and I saw this rascal rolling towards us. Everybody jumped in the trucks and shut the doors and I stayed up in the bucket on my truck and got this shot as it came by. Luckily, it was in a hurry and went on outa sight. Only one I`ve ever seen.
You were a lucky man. Feller near here got chased by one and he saw it was gonna catch him, so he ducked around behind a big tulip poplar. That thing went to hit him and stuck its stinger in the tree trunk. Every leaf on that tree was wilted down and dead within an hour.


(Actual story I heard growing up.)
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Back in 2006 before I retired, we were working the 115,000 volt line that runs through Chickasawhatchee WMA down here and I saw this rascal rolling towards us. Everybody jumped in the trucks and shut the doors and I stayed up in the bucket on my truck and got this shot as it came by. Luckily, it was in a hurry and went on outa sight. Only one I`ve ever seen.
Them Hoop snakes aint nothing to mess with.
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My snake book identifies a black rat as a pilot common name.
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