Northern California - Rattlesnakes on the ARBT bike trail
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06-23-11, 03:15 PM
Wow, I have never seen so many rattlesnakes in such a short period of time. Four in the last two days on the bike trail. Ran over one about 3' long an hour ago. It was stretched out in a shady area. Never even saw it. Must be the late spring/early summer that is bringing so many of them out
I haven't seen any yet! I was out this morning, but it was still cool. They like the heat.
06-23-11, 03:36 PM
They're on Diablo too - fun to poke with a stick.
Crap, can't embed the video - this is totally worth a click:
06-23-11, 07:51 PM
I havent seen a rattler for about 10 years. Plenty of other snakes but no rattlers. I rode over a basking rattler in Big Basin once.
06-23-11, 08:05 PM
I rode past a couple of them last year on the ARBT. None this year.
06-23-11, 09:27 PM
I'll have to watch out.
Just started riding the past couple months and my dog loves to play in the river.
06-23-11, 11:39 PM
The last hot spell we had i ran over 2 within an mile of each other.
06-23-11, 11:59 PM
Here's a baby one I saw May 5th:
And an adult one last July:
06-26-11, 08:01 AM
This one was stretched out across the westbound lane yesterday. Had to do some hard braking to avoid it. It was in a shady spot.
I encountered one last weekend in Yosemite. It was making it's across the road that goes up to Mirror Lake - it was actually on the Tenaya Creek bridge. It wasn't big, less than two feet long. I walked right up to it to look at it, made sure it was indeed a rattler. The woman I was walking with was having a fit, she was sure I was going to be bitten! I stayed with the little thing until it was safely across the road, and warned other walkers (especially those with kids) that it was there. I finally continued down the road, and on the way, found a ranger in her truck and told her about it.
In all the years I've been going to Yosemite, that was the first time I have ever seen a rattler. Bears, yes. rattlers - no.
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