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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Details on a huge Texas rattler

July 30, 2009 at 04:21 PM

This one is destined to be sent all over the country in e-mails claiming the snake was killed in “Insert your town here.”

But kudos go out to PSO reader Bob Zettler of Chatham who tracked this one down on his own. Here’s what Zettler found:

I was sent an email regarding this Rattlesnake this afternoon around 2:30 PM. At first I did not believe it as the only hit I got on a quick Google search resulted in a link to a thread at the Texas Bowhunters Forum.

As the person who sent it to me is a Texan and trustworthy, I decided to call the police in Manor, Texas where this email states it happened to verify. A woman answered the phone and as I said, “You might not understand my call and question but I am chec…” and she interrupted me, “Yes, the snake is real.”
It seems they have gotten a lot of interest in this story and the TV people have been out there today to cover it - remember it happened on Monday, July 27, 2009.

Now Police Chief Robert Snyder is no slouch and stands 6’ 1” so you can tell from the photo it is one big muther of a snake. No, they did not measure it but feel quite comfortable it was at least the 7’ 6” claimed.

No, it did not have a German Shepherd, small child or the like inside BUT it did have that large rabbit and they conjecture that is why it was slightly lethargic.

Yes, there were children playing in the yard of the house in the Shadow Glenn subdivision but they did not know how many. It seems the woman (home owner) was raking the yard and discovered the snake and called the police. The Chief showed up and dispatched the snake with a .410 shotgun in the backyard and not inside the house as some claim.

So my good friends in Texas and all over, that is the story behind the photos and I am sure this will become a Snopes story sooner than later and be around for years to come…and isn’t it amazing how fast and how far these stories will travel in this Internet Age!

And what is also amazing is that I was able to post this first time report here in less than a hour after I was first informed about the Rattlesnake and verifying the story…




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