Mountain Biking - Anyone Been Bitten by a Snake
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09-09-07, 10:30 PM
I have had two really close calls this season. I drove up on a rattlesnake and today I had a king snake strike at my shoe. I was just wondering how much you all are having to deal with snakes while riding. Just curious.
09-09-07, 10:33 PM
No snakes up here in Alaska, but there are bears and moose
09-09-07, 11:01 PM
I've ridden by a few rattlers that weren't to jazzed that I was there, but never close enough to really strike at me. Another time I was bombing down a section of fire road, and as I got close to what I had thought was a little root turned out to be a gopher snake. I hopped over it unscathed.
09-09-07, 11:47 PM
f that s in the a. i hate snakes! i've seen two rubbber boas this year. it was terrible!
09-10-07, 04:26 AM
I wasn't on the bike, but I was peeing barefoot in the backyard last week when I looked down and saw a snake about a foot from my foot. Scared the royal **** out of me.
HAHAHAHAHA! What does the privy need pumped out? :lol:
09-10-07, 04:37 AM
There's just something satisfying about not aiming at the porcelain. I don't remember the particulars of this instance but I was probably either a) drinking b)just getting back from a ride and couldn't be bothered to go inside (not likely from the barefooted fear) or c) outside cuz the roommate was using the only bathroom and I really needed to go.
09-11-07, 03:06 AM
Whatever was left finished quick. I couldn't decide whether it'd be better to aim at it or away from it.
Terrapin Ben, after visiting a friend in Missoula this summer I must say I am very jealous of your locale. Sawmill gulch was beautiful and a lot of fun, I just wish I could've gotten over to snowbowl while I was there.
09-11-07, 11:10 PM
Our trail system is pretty awesome. Glad you enjoyed your visit! Don't feel bad about missing out on snowbowl, though. I mean it's cool, but it's not worth worrying about missing. You pretty much hit the nail on the head riding at in the Rattlesnake.
09-12-07, 02:02 AM
I actually have been bitten by a snake. Now, this is where the type of snake you're describing is terribly important. My sister and I used to catch snakes by the rock face of the buffalo jump in the Cochrane Ranche in Cochrane, AB, Canada. These are harmless little grey garter snakes. They would get POd at you fooling around with them and these little teeth would come around and *GLOMPF*, big mouthful of people. Unfortunately for the little guys, they have no jaw muscles and the tiniest teeth so we get no broken skin or diseases or even snake spit, if I remember right, and we just keep on fiddling around with the snakes. The biggest one we caught was over six feet long but it couldn't break skin when it bit you either. I never complain about having to bike there...it's someplace PROXIMATE to rattlesnakes, bears, cougars, etc, but you never see them anywhere near the town or where I ride. I saw a badger once, if that counts for danger points.
Unfortunately, I live in southern California now and I have almost stepped on rattlesnakes...twice. Let's just say that El Moro Canyon is off my hiking/biking 'must see' places.
09-12-07, 02:39 AM
Thankfully no snakebites have happened to anyone in our riding group.
09-12-07, 01:47 PM
I had never seen a rattler in the wild during my entire 29 years on this planet but on my last road ride (rail 2 trail ride) we saw two Eastern Diamondbacks and one Cottonmouth Moccasin. Two of them were small but one of the Diamondbacks was every bit of 5'-6' and as big around as my arm. We heard him before we saw him so we were able to get to the other side of the trail; good thing too because he was coiled up ready to strike. As for being bitten I have but only by the Garter & Rat snakes we used to catch as a kid.
09-13-07, 07:09 AM
I see a couple rattlers every year when out on my dirt bike, not on my mtn bike yet tho,, I even have seen them in my yard.. dont like things that move that well without arms or legs,, just isnt right,,
But I live up in the pocono mtns,, they used to have rattlesnake roundups here,,
Saw a Southern Death adder once at one of the overnight huts on the Munda-Biddi trail, it had a home under the hut, cant remember which hut folks. Didnt stay there, made it to the next town that night.
09-13-07, 07:21 AM
I catch snakes for fun. I haven't been bitten yet, I don't plan on it. The only semi-venomous snake that I've caught was a northern banded water snake, but he was a small one. I almost caught the bigger one which was about 3'. I mostly catch garters. Ring necks are too uncommon.
Haven't had to deal with anyone else's snake bite either.
09-13-07, 08:06 AM
Since I have moved to Texas I have been road biking more because of the snakes, but with fall coming I will be back on the MTB soon. I had a few get pissie at me, but not close enough to do anything to me, but close enough to get my heart rate up. I hate snakes
So far I only have seen black snakes while riding. But I have seen the effects of people being bitten by poisonous snakes. The muscle around where you are bitten shrivels up, gets wrinkly like a dried up prune, and pretty much goes dead.
09-13-07, 11:25 AM
Not bitten luckily, But two years ago, I rode a local trail to a spot that I have found Morel mushrooms before. Hid the bike and walked along the bottom of a creek on top of large flat rocks and concrete slabs that had been dumped there. It's early in the year, the sun is almost directly overhead and it's probably 78 degrees. I get 50 yards along this creek and stop for a second, look down a couple feet below my feet and there is a cottonmouth, sunning itself. As I look arond a little better, there's another and another, and I realized I've walk into the middle of a den of them.
They seem oblivious to me, still cold and not warm enough to really be too concerned. I was concerned! I turned and headed back about ten yards and though I could go up the bank and walk the field to my mushroom spot. Climbed up two rocks and there is a small one, maybe 15 inches long curled up right in front of my face. I'm close enough to see the pit in front of it's eye, but again, it seems it's not warmed up enough to freak out about me being there.
Well this time I backtrack all the way to my bike, and ride it across the field, to where i want to be. Funny, 30 years ago, we didn't have cottonmouths, or armadillos in NE. Kansas. Of course back then the ticks didn't carry spotted fever or lymes disease, here either. And what is with this west nile virus?;)
While At Rome
09-13-07, 01:12 PM
i was at scout camp about 7 years ago and i was trying to catch this huge black rat snake that was trapped in the shower room, how he got there i have no idea. He was at least 4 feet long. Hurt pretty bad, but not the worst pain of my life.
Ive seen a ton of different snakes saw what i think was a western diamondback when i was in Yosemite as well as some kind of king snake, seen several copperheads, the water snakes we have in the east, and the normal garters and black rat snakes.
09-14-07, 01:34 AM
You guys probably don't want to ride the American River bike trail in the Sacramento/Folsom area...lots of rattlers, especially in the spring. Many large buildings have a "beware of rattlesnakes" signs posted. I have probably seen 6 this year and 1 was about 6'. I really hate snakes...especially after my sister was bitten on the thigh (did not rattle) and spent 2 nights in the hospital.
BTW, don't kill the king snakes...natural predator of the rattlesnake. I have never seen a king get mad or strike. Do not harm them...they're on our side....lol.
09-14-07, 05:48 AM
Plenty of snakes here in Australia, not uncommon to see 3-4 in a day depending on the time of year. Most common venomous snake would be the red bellie black snake and then the King brown a very venomous snake able to kill a grown man within 10-15 minutes if not treated. The further north you go towards the top of Australia you are likely to find the TAIPAN and the FIERCE snake probably the two most deadly snakes in the world ! YEp ridin is fun down here !!!!
09-14-07, 06:23 AM
Snake sare cool. I have been bitten several times.......and snakes are still some of the coolest critters around.
09-14-07, 01:04 PM
Was at the bottom of a sinkhole yesterday getting ready to take some pics while my buddy and I were riding and almost set my bag down on a lil guy about 1.5-2 ft long. Pretty glad he just decided to slither away.
09-14-07, 01:19 PM
I've had two close calls. The first I was just riding on a straight trail and thought a branch was laying over the trail. Luckily I went around it, he still tried to strike at me, but I was far enough away.
The second time I had come to a stop and was just standing there, after a minute or so I looked down and saw a cotton mouth about a foot from me. I got the hell out of there!
09-18-07, 06:23 PM
i ran over a live 2 ft. green snake several weeks ago. i was going downhill and didn't see it 'till it was too late to swerve. i just lifted my legs. good thing i wasn't bitten, i was going pretty fast
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