A Reptilian Hunt: The Battle is On!


A Reptilian Hunt: The Battle is On!

by Troutski

Skins covered in scales, slithering movements, and some with the ability to end your life in seconds – this is the world of the reptile. In 2013, hunting the reptile is becoming second only to the popular whitetail that will most likely reign as number one in the eyes of hunters forever.


Crocodile taking down a ZebraPerhaps it’s the uniqueness of the hunt when it comes to the rattlesnake or the croc. A reptilian hunt can almost feel as if you are on Safari in the tropical rainforests around the globe, instead of very close to your own backyard. It’s a mixture of Indiana Jones meets Crocodile Dundee – and hunters in the United States have become huge proponents of the ‘reptile takedown’.


When you speak about reptiles, you speak about a mass of creatures, including; snakes, lizards, crocodiles, hard-shelled turtles, and other species living in various parts of the world. To hunt the prey well, you must know the prey well, and when it comes to reptiles understanding the creatures can go a long way into bringing one home.


Although a majority of reptiles live on land, it is the turtle, crocodile and various species of snake that keep to the water. As opposed to other prey humans seek reptiles are actually equipped with senses that are similar, if not exact, to the human predator that’s after them – making the playing field completely even.


As we all know, reptiles are active. Even though they may seem the most slow and easy-to-get of any prey out there, reptiles actually move by instinct. Lizards hunt mainly insects; snakes target rodents and birds, as well as larger victims; and the mighty crocodile preys on creatures that can range from a fish to a huge wildebeest, depending on where they live and how hungry the croc happens to be at the time. And when it comes to that ‘slow’ mode of hunting, it’s all an act. It is the reptile’s stealth and patience that will always bring down the big game.


So how would the reptile hide? For many it seems that reptiles were a favorite of the divine, seeing as that most are covered in scales Rattlesnakethat represent complete camouflage so they can easily blend in with their surroundings. And whereas the stealthy, slow hunting plan is used by each one, don’t be fooled; the reptile can move at lightning speed, scaring other predators and catching them off-guard.


This is a huge category of species with over 6,000 reptiles to choose from. The largest and most frightening of the species – the crocodile – actually has 22 species of its own. Fearsome is the key word when it comes to the instinct and stealth used by the crocodile. The ambush is key, and once they snatch their victims they immediately drag them under to drown them – spinning the victim’s body in their powerful teeth, breaking bones along the way.


When it comes to the snake, there are approximately 2,500 species known to mankind. And unlike the crocodile, the snake relies on that hideous (and always perfect) dose of venom to make sure that any prey they have within their reach will never run again.


Produced by glands inside their heads, the snake will pump poison into those fangs that have been spotlighted in many nightmares and Hollywood movies throughout time. And when they sink their teeth in, they most definitely put any vampire to shame.


rattlesnake-roundup-2_17209_600x450But even with 2,500 species out there, only around ten percent can produce venom that’s deadly enough to kill a human. Vipers are the strongest of the human enemies. Producing a tremendous amount of venom, people have succumbed to death by the dreaded diamondback in less than an hour after the bite has been given. But the worst of them all? The one hunters would love to face? It is the Australian inland taipan, and any hunter would need his or her head about them (or checked by a psychiatrist), before attempting to come face-to-face with this vicious creature.


As various states and countries battle with overcrowding issues when it comes to deadly snakes and crocodiles, more and more hunters are accepting the gauntlet being thrown. But there’s a reason why the reptile world is full of beasts that can change color, have the patience to sit and wait, attack viciously and produce venom – and that reason is they have been around far longer than us.


Good Luck: The Battle is On!



Source: Baret News Wire