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How to Identify North American Poisonous Snakes

In the area in which I live, there is a large population of poisonous snakes, namely rattlers.  They are good in the sense that they consume large numbers of rodents that cause other problems.  Personally, I have hiked this country for years and encounter rattlesnakes on various occasions, but have never felt threatened.  I merely bypass the snake or if they are on a popular trail, I will throw something at them to get the off the trail.  I see no need to kill them unless they are an immediate threat or I want the food.

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Diamondback Rattlesnake

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prairie rattlesnake

 

 

 

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Pygmy Rattler

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Timber Rattler

In North America, there are four poisonous snakes that are divided into two classes, Coral snakes and pit vipers. …

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Protecting Your Garden from Rodents and Other Small Animals

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Voles

The other day I was talking to a friend who lives in one of the Rocky Mountain States.  It seems that they have an unusual heavy influx of voles this year.  They have killed several of his young fruit trees by girdling them.  Now I have talked to a surprising number of people who live in my area, who have never even heard of voles even though they are fairly common.  People are just not used to growing and having to depend on their gardens.  I know some who try to grow a garden and if they get lucky once, they think they are great gardeners and if the garden fails, they just go to the store. …

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The Best Guard Animals for After TEOTWAWKI

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a small terrier can make a good watchdog to warn you of intruders

Now when you go to choose  guard animals, the first and most important thing that you have to decide is what do you want the animals to do.  If you live in an apartment or house in an urban area your needs will be entirely different that someone who lives in the country and raises animals.

If you live in an apartment you may want a small dog that will give you early warning of a threat.  A good example would be one of the smaller terriers. They can be trained and are fairly alert. …

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Rats and Other Rodents can be a Real Problem after TEOTWAWKI

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In the past, I have written several articles on rats and other rodents.  Most of us have never had a real problem with rats.  In many of the areas in which we live rats are hardly ever seen and rarely cause a problem.

After a real disaster this would change.  Without the controls and efforts of government and the easy availability of poisons, rats and other rodents will multiply over time.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we may have a short respite right after the disaster while the rats recover and start to multiply.  Check the article   Rodent Control Problems After TEOTWAWKI for more information on this.

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What Happens to Your Pets After TEOTWAWKI?

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You don’t want you dog to end up looking like this.

This post today is on a subject that is hard for many people to face.  We are a nation that loves our pets mostly, cats and dogs.  Huge amounts of money are spent on them and the vast majority of them are not working animals.  By working I mean cats that hunt for their food, hunting dogs, herd dogs, guard dogs etc.  The rest are merely companions, and I know this is very important to some people.  So what arrangements have you made for your pets?

I suspect that a good many people will just turn them loose, when food is short.  …

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Breeding Rabbits to Supplement Your Food Storage

breeding rabbitsI recently had a conversation about breeding rabbits for food after TEOTWAWKI.  The gentleman I was talking with was somewhat skeptical about breeding rabbits for meat, because he had heard about rabbit starvation.  Now rabbit starvation is a condition that occurs from a lack of fat.  People eating only wild rabbits and no other foods have been known to stave from the lack of fat.  Now these are wild rabbits, not the fat lazy ones you are raising.  Yours have fat inside their bodies and in their organ meat.  Plus you should be eating other foods.

Rabbits are a good source of protein for the prepper.  …

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Food Preparation Skills That Preppers Should Have

The following is a guest post from a friend on food preparation skills that all preppers should have. This post covers information on various methods of raising or hunting meat, cooking and preserving it.

A major, if not the most important part, of being a self-sustaining prepper or homesteader is having the skills and knowledge of how to prepare food. That includes how to raise, catch, and cook and preserve your own food.

Everyone has to eat!

As a prepper, you should be ready to be involved in the process from start to finish — so understanding the different ways to put and keep food on the table is essential.…

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Avoiding diseases When Dressing Game

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Plague

In a TEOTWAWKI situation, we may find ourselves having to dress wild game anything from rats to deer.  Because we cannot afford to get sick under these conditions we need to be more careful about protecting ourselves from diseases while dressing the game.

There are numerous diseases that you can contact while dressing out the game or from the ticks and fleas that are leaving them.  As soon as the game begins to cool the ticks, fleas and other parasites will leave and look for new homes.  Hopeful it will not be you.

While there are many potential diseases that you can contact from wild game we will mainly concentrate on four.  …

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Raising Guinea Pigs for Food

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One of the peruvian varieties

Now first let’s do the legal stuff, California’s anti-pet-eating law has a broad reach that may cover eating guinea pigs. The California law protects “any animal traditionally or commonly kept as a pet or companion,” rather than just Fido and Fluffy. The statute is somewhat untested, though, so no one really knows which animals are included.  I don’t know about other states, so I suggest you check in your area before you get in trouble.

Now I know that you have all seen the guinea pigs that our kids have kept for pets.  But I will bet that most of you don’t know that is some parts of the world they are regularly eaten and are considered delicious.…

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Rabbit Cooking Tips

rabbitBecause rabbit tastes something like chicken, many people think you can cook it the same way.  But there is a big difference, it has very little fat so it can dry out and become tough if it is not cooked right.  In fact it is so lean that living on an exclusive diet of rabbit can lead to rabbit starvation and be fatal.

However, if eaten as part of a normal diet it is quite healthy and should cause you no problems.  The best way to cook them is slow cooked.  This includes roasting, stews or casseroles.  This keeps the meat nice and moist.…

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