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    saw one of these on the trail


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    Is that a coral snake?

    I'm afraid that would be the last time I rode that trail
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    According to this: http://www.shihtzudog.com/coral.htm it appears to be the Bad One.

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    We only have one poisonous snake in the UK and that is the Adder. Used to see plenty when I was younger but a bit rare nowadays.(Too many people see a snake and just kill it- because it is a snake). Saw one basking on a fire road last year and I was 3rd in line- 1st rider woke it up- Second rider had it lunge at him- I got out of the way- well and truly out of the way.
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    So what are the stats on cyclists killed by Coral Snakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    (Too many people see a snake and just kill it- because it is a snake).
    Very true, sadly.

    I saw a guy killing a snake on a Nature Trail, for crying out loud.
    You can be sure he got a piece of my mind. By the time I finished, he looked about ready to cry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    Very true, sadly.

    I saw a guy killing a snake on a Nature Trail, for crying out loud.
    You can be sure he got a piece of my mind. By the time I finished, he looked about ready to cry.
    Good for you! It's amazing how ignorant people can be about wildlife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Too many people see a snake and just kill it- because it is a snake.
    I would never get close enough to one to do it any harm

    At the other house I often ran across large black snakes while mowing the lawn. My neighbors said they knew when I had come across one because I ran to the house and the mower would sit in the yard for a couple days
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beverly View Post
    I would never get close enough to one to do it any harm

    At the other house I often ran across large black snakes while mowing the lawn. My neighbors said they knew when I had come across one because I ran to the house and the mower would sit in the yard for a couple days
    If it was me, I'ld have run into the house and the mower would still
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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    If it was me, I'ld have run into the house and the mower would still
    be running!
    For me, it's hard to run very fast while I'm peeing down my leg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    If it was me, I'ld have run into the house and the mower would still
    be running!
    Mine had an automatic shut-off or it would still be running, too
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    My question is, did you draft him or drop him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
    My question is, did you draft him or drop him?
    - when i rode by i wasn't sure of the coloring (as it could have been a kingsnake)... but i circled around, and sure enough, it was a coral snake - the second i've seen about this time of year down here...

    - amazingly enough, the coral, related to the cobra, isn't the real baddie: that distinction belongs to the local rattlesnake species!

    - i just have to remember the ditty:

    'If red touches yellow, it can kill a fellow'
    'If red touches black, it is a friend of Jack'


    (oh, and the coral snake was NOT afraid of me at all - i wonder why?)

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    Yikes! Don't like snakes, but live and let live. Anyway, it would have dropped me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    So what are the stats on cyclists killed by Coral Snakes?
    About as many as are killed by lightning.

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    I recall the rhyme
    "Red next to black is a friend of Jack
    Red next to yellow is a deadly fellow"

    STAND BACK JACK, THAT'S A DEADLY FELLOW.

    I was riding the trail over the weekend and encountered a harmless garter snake sunning itself. I stopped and shooed him off the trail before someone ran him over. Some folks would use him as target practice.
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    Coral snakes have deadly venom, but lack fangs. All they have li little nubby teeth. I don't think anyone in the US has ever been killed by one. Pretty snakes.

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    Here in So. Illinois I often have multiple snake sightings on a single ride. Only venemous one I saw this year was a copperhead on the Katy just outside of Weldon Springs.
    The other day I swerved my car to miss the BIGGEST black snake I have ever seen. Then I looked in my rearview mirror to see a minivan behind me swerve to hit the snake. Oh well, what can you do?
    more cops have been killed by donuts than guns in chicago it is a medical fact ask any doctor.

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    If I saw one, I'd move a few feet away, stop and watch it for a while. I like watching snakes move, they are really quick for something with no feet or legs.
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    That snake must be pretty fast - it has yellow and red and NO WHITE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OH306 View Post
    I recall the rhyme
    "Red next to black is a friend of Jack
    Red next to yellow is a deadly fellow"
    The southern version of the mnemonic is, "Red 'n yella kill a fella. Red 'n black, friend ah Jack."

    I killed two coral snakes and a copper head in my back yard many moons ago when we lived south of Houston. The third coral snake got way from me before I could dispatch him. I brought formaldehyde from the lab, but didn't dilute it enough. It kinda bleached them out. I didn't worry about grass snakes, but the venomous ones had to go.

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    According to Wikipedia, no one in the US has been killed by a Coral Snake since antivenom became available.
    But that doesn't mean that it's OK to pick one up to pet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
    Here in So. Illinois I often have multiple snake sightings on a single ride. Only venemous one I saw this year was a copperhead on the Katy just outside of Weldon Springs.
    Been there. A copperhead is more aggressive than the timber rattlers we have around here. So I would have stayed far away from that one.
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    Red followed by yellow...is a dead fellow!

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