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Fossil Ivory Rattlesnake Necklace

Fossil Ivory Rattlesnake Necklace   The Fossil Ivory Rattlesnake Necklace includes:
*Fossil ivory rattlesnake carved in Bali
*Etched agates
*Thai silver and sterling beads and findings
*Signed, numbered, dated

Length:  21" - 28" (53 cm - 72 cm)
Drop:  4" (10 cm)
Snake:  3" (7.5 cm)
Weight:  3 oz (90 gm)

Photo: Melinda Holden

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This necklace features a beautifully carved rattler of fossil woolly mammoth ivory. The carver knows rattlesnakes: the shape of the head is correct, even the wide flat plate scales on the snake's tummy are accurate. It's also obvious that the carver has caught a snake or two. I used to catch the rattlers around the place where I worked. They would linger near the pathways or sometimes even get into the buildings which isn't the safest thing for either the people or the snakes. I had a little hook on the end of a pole and I'd tell the snake that I intended no harm then slide the hook gently under the snake about a third of the way down from the head (sometimes easier said than done!) and lift it up. Immediately even an agitated snake will calm down and direct his attention to hanging on. You can then gently place him into a bucket, put a lid (with holes!) on it, and take him to a safe place for release. (Please don't take him too far away though, local populations often have small genetic differences and it is better not to disrupt the breeding populations. It would also not be good to release him in a completely different environment than he is used to.) There is no need to crush the poor thing's head under a rigid hook and hold it down while you try to pick it up (that's a bit silly), no need to strangle it with a lasso. Just keep the snake a pole's distance away from you and be very gentle with it. I do NOT recommend you try this. A rattlesnake bite can be quite miserable and is potentially fatal. However, having done it a good many times, I know the pose this snake has taken well. This little fellow is hanging onto the loop and is making himself comfortable.

I know some people have an intense aversion to snakes. If you fall into this category and you enjoy playing with your mind, you might want to give "tapping" a try... Hey, I'd LOVE to have a formerly snake averse person decide they want this necklace! It only takes a few minutes, it gently and easily erases phobias without miserable "fatiguing the response" work. you can do it by yourself, in private. It's effective for an amazing array of issues besides phobias as well. You can download instructions for free and read articles at the EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) web site.

Whenever I meet a rattlesnake I feel blessed. I have a lot of rattler stories... if you're still reading, perhaps you'd like to hear one? OK. Here it is: Normally I hike alone and I've always been fortunate that I've never stepped on a little snake (which would annoy it rather badly) or put my hand on one while bouldering. Of course I am extremely careful, but these creatures are well adapted to our local environment and can easily disappear in plain sight. One day I was hiking in our local Cuyamaca State Park with an acquaintance from the UK. This was a happy treat for me as he turned out to be an excellent hiking companion who could pick out curious bugs better than I and who was able to blend with the environment in such a way as not to disturb the wildlife. It was getting late in the day when rattlers start to come out and I mentioned I was hoping we'd see one. From his reaction I sensed that he seemed to be hoping we would not! Shortly, as we rounded a curve in the trail, I saw a snake about 50' ahead and felt overjoyed. I pointed it out quietly and he halted abruptly while I walked up to a respectful distance and stopped, taking time to appreciate the great beauty of this large, dark-phase Southern Pacific Rattlesnake stretched out across the trail. No it wasn't 12 feet long as all snake stories report, but he was a largish adult, probably somewhere between 3-4' long. For some reason snakes generally allow me to approach, I believe they sense my appreciation and respect. As I've noted many times, snakes are much smarter than I am and undoubtedly are extremely sensitive to energy. A frightened snake will often melt into the undergrowth and disappear instantly. An angry one will rear up with an "S" in its neck and rattle like crazy-- if that happens you could be in real trouble. But this lovely fellow just sat there completely still and we communed for a time. There was a field of tall soft grass ahead of him to my right, he could have vanished in less than 2 seconds, but he showed no inclination to move away. After a time I heard my friend ask, "is it poisonous?" "Oh yes," I replied. A moment later I had quite a surprise! Without warning the snake streaked into the tall grass and rose to the top as in water. It appeared to swim on the tops of the slender stalks for a very great distance, I'm sure it was at least 30' if not farther. According to my friend, the snake did this the instant he took a step forward. The snake apparently was very aware of his presence and reacted the moment he moved. How this creature managed to swirl over the top of the tall grass baffles me. I do know that when the muscles of the body are fully connected and engaged, the body can seem to become light, it becomes easy to lift a person off the ground when this happens. I do core muscle work and have experienced this dramatic effect many times. So I'm sure something of the sort enabled this fellow to pull off this exquisitely beautiful and seemingly impossible performance. I've never read anything about a snake behaving this way.

Some folks are concerned that the ivory in this piece might come from an endangered species but not so. Sadly the woolly mammoth has been extinct for between 4,000 and 10,000 years. Some contend that mankind had a hand in driving it extinct. It is wise to be concerned-- poaching of the mammoth's cousin, the African elephant, has increased in recent years since the ivory ban caused prices of ivory to skyrocket, according to a recent Science News article (Nov 8, 2008). Other sources point to desperate economic conditions for fueling the trade. At the current poaching rate of about 8%, elephants will likely be close to extinction by 2020 the article asserts. So it is very wise to be careful and concerned.

Mookite is a very colorful jasper whose emotional effect Ahsian describes as helpful in understanding one's emotional and behavioral patterns. Perhaps this little snake and the mookite would assist you in transmuting some limiting pattern. It seems we all have a lot of those to work out, doesn't it?

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