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Old 04-30-12, 12:31 PM   #1
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It's that time. Time for..........................snakes!

Pretty sure it was a cottonmouth but I wasn't getting close enough to make sure of the identification.


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Looks like one of them Copperheaded Waterrattlers!
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My wife and I rode the Natchez Trace in March. We went by 2 snakes that actually jumped up!! Got our adrenalin flowing!!!!!!!!
I hate snakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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We only have one poisonous snake over here and that is pretty rare. You have to be lucky to find one but even the poison will just make most people sick.
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We only have one poisonous snake over here and that is pretty rare. You have to be lucky to find one but even the poison will just make most people sick.
Only one poisonous snake on your side of the pond?
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Sunday afternoon ride was interrupted with this guy. Brown desert Rattler. Luckily I was on a quick downhill when I heard the greeting. First a hiss (thought I popped a tire) then the rattle for a couple seconds. Didn't last long, but sure was an adrenaline rush. Then, have you ever tried riding a mountain bike with a full diaper? yuch!
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Only one poisonous snake on your side of the pond?
Yep and that is the Adder. A Rare and protected species and it is rare. UNLESS you ride in some of the MTB forests and you can see them sunning themselves on the Forest roads. I normally see a couple a year and one of my riding mates got closer than that when one launched itself at his foot as rode over it. No strike but we stopped shortly after to find blood on the underside of his pedal.

And incidentally- there are NO snakes in Ireland.
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Ireland, here I come.
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Same thing here, it's finally warming up. I rode by a big, long piece of black plastic off to the side of the road and first thing in my mind is "blue racer". Hitting a garter snake, yes. Hitting a 6ft blue racer, no.
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I took a ride through the indian reservation and found several dead, run over snakes, along with a coyote and a very large raccoon near the Verde River.
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My wife and I rode the Natchez Trace in March. We went by 2 snakes that actually jumped up!! Got our adrenalin flowing!!!!!!!!
I hate snakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Looks like the one-eyed hairy trouser snake with no known antidote to its venom.
They've been know to swim up sewer lines and into your house, jumping at your butt as you sit on the thrown. It's true. I read it in Cosmopolitan Magazine. It came right after he feature article, "What biting or licking an icecream cone says about your sexual maturity."
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Yep and that is the Adder. A Rare and protected species and it is rare. UNLESS you ride in some of the MTB forests and you can see them sunning themselves on the Forest roads. I normally see a couple a year and one of my riding mates got closer than that when one launched itself at his foot as rode over it. No strike but we stopped shortly after to find blood on the underside of his pedal.

And incidentally- there are NO snakes in Ireland.
Your side of the pond is truly blessed. And, no snakes in Ireland? How did that happen?
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St. Patrick took care of the snakes according to legend.
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St. Patrick took care of the snakes according to legend.
I think St Patrick provided transportation to Florida for the whole lot of them, and their babies...
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Last year I was going downhill @ a little over 20mph when a cotton mouth slithered out in the middle of the path. I didn't have time to do anything but lift my legs and *hope* my wheel didn't toss him up into me as I rode over him.
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Not a cycling story....so my appologies. About 10 years ago I took a road trip to the dry part of B.C. I have always had bladder "issues". So, when nature called on a back road, I pulled over. Zipper down. Instead of experiencing relief, I experienced a rattle. I didn't have to go anymore! Zipper up, and my shaking hands managed to get a couple of shots of the very skinny and very young Western Rattlesnake.
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Yep, it's snake season all right. As I mentioned in the post I made yesterday in the "Did You Ride Today?" thread, I saw a snake on the Schuylkill River Trail near Valley Forge National Park in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Since the only venomous snake in this area is the copperhead, and this snake was solid black, I can safely assume it wasn't venomous. Perhaps a Garter Snake or Northern Racer.
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Yep and that is the Adder. A Rare and protected species and it is rare. UNLESS you ride in some of the MTB forests and you can see them sunning themselves on the Forest roads. I normally see a couple a year and one of my riding mates got closer than that when one launched itself at his foot as rode over it. No strike but we stopped shortly after to find blood on the underside of his pedal.

And incidentally- there are NO snakes in Ireland.
You can thank St. Patrick for that.

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Ive never understood the fear of snake. Ive had many as pets throughout the year and Ive always found them fascinating
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There are no poisonous snakes in northern Alberta although you can find rattlesnakes in the south of the province and then it is the prairie Rattlesnake which has not been known to kill a human and even though they bites dogs, they usually recover as well.

When I lived in southern B.C. rattlesnakes were a fact of life but if they knew you were around you'd never see them as they tend to be pretty shy and only bite when they are provoked.

The only snakes we have here are two species of garter snakes, the smaller red sided and Western (Wandering) garter snake and neither is dangerous to humans although the Western Garter can be quick to bite if threatened and grow to a good size.
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I think St Patrick provided transportation to Florida for the whole lot of them, and their babies...
..... and alligators, too. No gators in Ireland nowadays, right?
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You're in Tennessee, BigBad? Funny, that's the only place I ever encountered a venonous serpent. It was a cottonmouth and I was carrying a canoe across a grassy field after finishing a day trip on a small creek. The trip was about half paddling and half wading and lifting the boat over fallen timber. Being from Ontario, it had never even crossed my mind to watch for deadly water snakes. Probably would have been too nervous to have any fun if it had.
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I took a ride through the indian reservation and found several dead, run over snakes, along with a coyote and a very large raccoon near the Verde River.
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I think St Patrick provided transportation to Florida for the whole lot of them, and their babies...
He must have! I see quite a few snakes in the wilderness MUP where I do my daily rides. They are pretty much everywhere and often come out to sun themselves on the blacktop road. While many of the ones out there are non-poisonous, there are quite a few rattlers and water moccasins there as well. The MUP has lots of areas with palmetto trees, which is a favorite spot for rattle snakes. There are also several creeks running through the MUP where you occasionally see a moccasin swimming. It's a good thing that these creeks have bridges over them or I would be finding another place to ride.

A favorite area for rattle snakes on the left. Not too many seen on this road because of the heavy traffic.


The rest of the MUP looks pretty much like this.
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