This isn't the first... won't be the last... not the smallest... no where near the biggest. Now... not every snake we kill is a rattlesnake. Some are eastern hog nose snakes... which just happen to look a lot like eastern diamond backs. But when you've killed a few big rattle snakes... and I mean big... like... 6 feet long and big around as your calf.... not like those wormy little girls you call rattlesnakes out west... well everything that looks like a rattlesnake is a rattlesnake until its dead. Classification comes after... and is generally done with out the head...because they can't bite you if you've shot them in the face.
God I hate snakes. I mean I really... hate snakes.
For those interested this one was dispatched with a .357 federal hydroshok head shot from about 6 feet away. Taurus Tracker... 6 inch barrel. Head was mostly gone.. just totally smashed. I loaded up one round of snake shot and put that into it too... just on general principle. Mostly... because I hate snakes. This one got off easy. Last one got chopped up with a shovel after it made the dire mistake of being with 100 feet of Rami. Papa doesn't handle that kind of aggression very well and basically went Freddy Kruger on the rattlesnake.
Just another day up on Rattle Snake Ridge.