Bellhoppers were what Morris Scheider used to call jumbo grade rattlesnakes when we were in school. Where he got that name from I never knew. Those were the kind that had its head in one road ditch and its rattles in the ditch on the other side. After discovering an exceptionally wide rattlesnake track across a sandy dirt road there would be much woo-hoo-hooing from everyone trying to guess how long that scan’al (scoundrel) might be.
The truly magnum sizes have been weeded out because you seldom hear of any much over six feet anymore. Rattlesnakes that live long lives can get big. But, nowadays there are so many people that the chance of them growing longer than five or six feet without someone killing them is remote.
Frank NeSmith, Columnist
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