Snake report 593 Reported by James Mahaffy November 26, 2011 Report Spirit Lake Beacon Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa P 3 col 5 vol 12 #27 June 1, 1882 Harvey Colebour killed a large rattlesnake, with 6 rattles, on the Blakely place this week. We believe this to be the first venomous reptile ever seen in the lake County Analysis: This is in Dickinson County. Since they give us the number of rattles this is a fairly strong report. It is the only report I have gotten from this county. That fits with the editor saying back in 1882 that this was the only poisonous snake known to be fund in the county. I suspect that means there were not many early on in the county.
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