Sleeping on the ground, snakes, rope?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Ajax, Feb 10, 2011.

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  1. Ajax
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    Ajax Monkey+

    I recently watched True Grit and when they slept on the ground they put a rope around them to keep the snakes away.

    What does the rope do? Is that true or is it a old myth?
  2. Tracy
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    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member Site Supporter

    Gpa used to say that they wouldn't slither over a horse hair rope.

    I think that's false - rattlers live amongst cacti and sage brush. I don't see a lil ol' rope stopping them from dinner. :smile:

    Does anyone know for sure? Ever tested it (I haven't)?
  3. Seacowboys
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    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    That only works with horse-hair rope. I put a manila rope around a Eastern Diamondback, hoping to keep him in a one spot until I could find a bucket or a bag for him and he crawled right over it. I questioned that and was told it only works with horse-hair rope, which I have never owned or even can confirm exists, especially since most of the horses I have owned had very short hair (Except mane and tail).
  4. Falcon15
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    Falcon15 Falco peregrinus Site Supporter

    Horse hair ropes are made from manes and tail hairs.
  5. Ajax
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    Ajax Monkey+

    Hmmm, I figured it had more to do with the shape of the rope rather than what it was made of but I (obviously) have no idea.
  6. Falcon15
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  7. Ajax
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    Ajax Monkey+

    Man, the picture of the horse is crazy, it looks like there is bone popping out of the wound. Snake venom is pretty potent.
  8. Falcon15
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    Falcon15 Falco peregrinus Site Supporter

    Did you like the culvert full of western diamondbacks? We open equipment VERY carefully out in west Texas. We find snakes, scorpions, deer mice...
  9. cornmonkey
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    Does not work with any rope period. Might give ya a false good night sleep but that's about it.
  10. snowbyrd
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    snowbyrd Latet anguis in herba

    Been there, done that. I was hunting them with a knife, crazy I know, and got bit on the arm, t'was and interesting time for sure. Took years for the bite to completely heal, itched ALOT for a LONG time.
    Why hunt them with a knife you ask.
    'cuz ya gotta be faster than they are.

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