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Old 04-01-2011, 11:18 PM
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:32 PM
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Can snakes bite through boots?
Yes, sizeable snakes can bite through most normal boots.
Old 04-01-2011, 11:34 PM
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Depends on snake, depends on boot.
What type of boot are you wearing, and what are the snakes you expect to encounter?
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Yes, depending on the size of the snake and the thickness of the boot...the larger the snake, the better bite force and fang length. That's why many of us that collect and handle them wear snake proof gaiters or botas over our legs or boots when hunting them, in case we run into a venomous one and don't see it before it sees us.
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I have been bitten twice both times wearing boots.

First time I was wearing the Military desert style boots and it went right thru the webbing no problem, he was about 2 foot and was a dry bite.

Next time I was wearing cowboy boots, hit me about four inches above the ankle. Only one fang went thru but the boot was not against my skin. He was about 3 foot and dump alot of venom inside the boot.

I wear sandals 90% of the time and never been bit in them, but I tend to be rude and just plow my way thru things with boots on!
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I went out and bought snake gaiters. I have 8" leather boots that I hike with, but I like to be sure. We have a lot of Rattle snakes in our area. For the price you can't go wrong for a fun safe trip in the woods.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/White...h-All+Products
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I wear the gaters a lot. Haven't been bit but see the rattlers regularly during the summer. I work in tall weeds.
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ya i live and have grown up in AZ so i see rattlers alot. But i tend to pay attention because i personally don't like boots and wear merrels.
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Been bit twice never thur boots. Right hand and right foot. Both due to my stupidity. Most snakes aren't large enough to bite thur regular leather boots. But I wear Justin knee high snake boots now after killing a 6' 2" eastern rattle snake that is now mounted on the wall in my living room. 10 rattles plus a button.
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i havent been bitten by anything yet luckily, i wear normal leather hiking books and now that its warming up again there are gonna be a ton of snakes around.
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Yes, sizeable snakes can bite through most normal boots.
I've witnessed a brown snake biting one of my soldiers boots, and it didnt penetrate (Aus issue Boots, General Purpose, leather upper, rubber sole)
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I've witnessed a brown snake biting one of my soldiers boots, and it didnt penetrate (Aus issue Boots, General Purpose, leather upper, rubber sole)
Your Brown Snakes, and the majority of your other venomous species in Australia are more toxic than our rattlers, but they are not long fanged pit vipers like the majority of our venomous snakes are...that is why it didn't penetrate your boot. My largest Eastern Diamondback had fangs nearly 3/4" in length not including it's fang sheaths. These will definitely go through the upper sleeve of a boot if you take a direct hit, and very possibly through the foot part depending on the thickness of the leather. When it comes to bite penetration, the long "swing fanged" viper families have a big advantage over the shorter fanged species.
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Totally depends upon the size of the snake. 50 pounds maybe....smaller, NO...
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Your Brown Snakes, and the majority of your other venomous species in Australia are more toxic than our rattlers, but they are not long fanged pit vipers like the majority of our venomous snakes are...that is why it didn't penetrate your boot. My largest Eastern Diamondback had fangs nearly 3/4" in length not including it's fang sheaths. These will definitely go through the upper sleeve of a boot if you take a direct hit, and very possibly through the foot part depending on the thickness of the leather. When it comes to bite penetration, the long "swing fanged" viper families have a big advantage over the shorter fanged species.
Do you hunt snakes also?
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Do you hunt snakes also?
Yes. I was a Wildlife LEO for many years and specifically specialized in reptiles and also rehabbed injured wildlife. I have been a reptile handler for about 30 years. My cousin is a herpetologist and he got me started on reptiles when I was a youngster, and it kind of took on a life of it's own. I always have my snake equipment in my truck whether for actual "hunts" or the accidental "finds." Back when I younger, and lived much closer, the yearly Waynoka Hunt was always a good one. If you are interested, feel free to go to my Profile area, where I have a few pics there of some my past and present snakes, as well as some of my other animals...wild and domestic. The most reptiles, and various other crawlies I've ever had at one time in my collection was 122 snakes, 16 tarantulas, 2 Emperor scorpions, a large Nile monitor, a Tegu monitor, 3 Tokay geckos, and a Pac Man frog...but that was before I moved back in 1999, and had a farmhouse with plenty of room for a collection of that size. After moving I had to downsize a bit.
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Totally depends upon the size of the snake. 50 pounds maybe....smaller, NO...
LOL...50lbs? That is either a typo or a joke.
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I had a rattle snake in Oklahoma break off a fang in my boot without it touching my skin. Scared the crap out of me
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LOL...50lbs? That is either a typo or a joke.
I've personally seen (and ate) a 7 foot rattler and it only went 27lbs. A 50lb one would be a dream.




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I had a rattle snake in Oklahoma break off a fang in my boot without it touching my skin. Scared the crap out of me
Please nobody post the father to son boot story thats been around for years now.
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I worked as a Workplace Safety director for a commercial bakery located in SoCal. Had a sanitation worker clearing out a culvert behind a retaining wall. We were right next to a small regional airport in an industrial park near the coast. Guy was sweeping vegetation and stepped on a +3' Southern Pacific rattler...it whipped around and bit him right above the ankle. But...he was wearing the required knee-high rubber-coated slip-resistant boots. The boot had two fang marks exposing the white material under the rubber coating. An unintended benefit of the rule for sanitation department employees to wear those boots!!
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