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    I was a Game Warden At Camp Pendleton, we had to respond to snake calls all over that base. I went to one call in a housing area, The Rattlesnake was in the shrubs by the front door, As I reached in with the hook stick to pick up the whole coil he straightened out and I was pinned on the steps. had to go through the house and call the office for a catch pole. In was a black rattler that is indiginous to San Diego County, SOB was about 4 ft long. Needless to say he was dinner.
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    I never had any snake issues, but in Yuma I did shake big yellow scorpions out of my boots on more than one occasion. We had sidewinders and rattlers too but they never really bothered us.

    We had more problems with illegal Mexicans walking through our shoots. And one unfortunate incident with a pack of wild horses while at White Sands....

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    That was pretty much it. Hawk missiles are designed to explode in front of a jet and create a field of shrapnel that gets sucked into intakes. This one failed and self destructed over the ground....

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    Allegedly, Camp Lejeune is the habitat for rattlesnakes, cotton mouths and coral snakes.

    I saw a few of the cotton mouths, but never any of the others. We did have a cotton mouth make an appearance in the middle of a foot patrol - needless to say the noise discipline and formation took a turn for the worse!

    We had more trouble with the bees, ticks, and chiggers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy in NH View Post
    Allegedly, Camp Lejeune is the habitat for rattlesnakes, cotton mouths and coral snakes.

    I saw a few of the cotton mouths, but never any of the others. We did have a cotton mouth make an appearance in the middle of a foot patrol - needless to say the noise discipline and formation took a turn for the worse!

    We had more trouble with the bees, ticks, and chiggers.

    We would occasionally find a coral snake or two in the MP hut at the Snead's Ferry gate at Camp Lejeune. The snakes that always scared the pants off me were the Habu snakes on Okinawa though. I enjoyed the Habu/Mongoose fights in town though.
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    When I was in SOI in Lejuene a kid was on med hold for "charming a rattle snake." Apparently he did his job because it kissed him on the hand. My instructors killed a couple with e-tools on fighting hole week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derek View Post
    I don't know the name of the plant that makes Camp Pendleton smell the way it does but when I smell it I think of Edson Range and humping up the grim reaper.
    Lying in my sleeping bag and seeing headlights on Interstate 5 knowing every single car was either going to Taco Bell or McDonalds and I already polished off my MRE for the night.
    I have similar memories of, lets call them...leisurely jogs on the beach... and looking out to the water and seeing people in boats having a grand old time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWPaolilliJr View Post
    Lots of eucalyptus trees in that area.

    I have never eaten an MRE, The shit we got in the field came out cans, C rations. But could we ever work some magic on that stuff.
    You bet. All you needed was some hot sauce. Remember those damn ham and mutha's and
    trading like crazy for the cinnamon nut roll?

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    I would give 100 bucks for a case of the old B-Units. I even liked the Ham and Lima beans.....

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