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FL wildlife
« on: October 17, 2007, 08:50:51 PM »
So there is really strong chance I'll be moving down to SW Florida with in the next month, have an interview coming up for a position in cycling industry.  I was wondering what kind of wildlife (the good & the bad ) I may come across on the single-track down there.  Worst we have up in Ohio would be deer during the rutt, although some bucks are pretty big and rather agressive when it's time to find a mate and it's rare but the occasional copper head. Thanks for any info.
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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2007, 09:09:42 PM »
I ride Croom everyday and never have any probs with animals.
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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2007, 09:12:32 PM »
Deer, Wild pigs (boar), Turkeys, Armadillos, various Snakes, Alligators, Owls, Buzzards, Squirrels, Rabbits, the occasional Bobcat, or Panther. LOVEBUGS, Mosquitos, and More Mosquitos.





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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007, 09:15:22 PM »
If you're first on the trail up at Croom, you'll become intimately acquainted with these:


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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2007, 09:31:29 PM »
Oh yeah!!! REALLY BIG SPIDERS!!!!!!


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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2007, 09:46:55 PM »
Don't forget the worst of all: Red Bugs (chiggers) I hate them more than mosquitoes. We also have the horse and deer fly. Where in South Florida are you moving?
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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2007, 09:49:00 PM »
No I can deal with the spiders, I'm usually first on the trail up here in the mornings and clear the webs for everyone else.  Had a brown recluse get me in the lower back two year ago, ended up with a golf ball size welt from the bite for a long while- not to mantion the aches from it . Probably best to leave the dog at home I take it.
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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2007, 10:16:34 PM »
The worst trail pests IMO are biting flies, squirrels, armadillos and opossums.  You will most likely see deer, pigs, snakes, turtles, gators and the occasional large cat (rarely).  The gators will never be on the trails but you will see them in the water or sunning themselves on the banks of ponds.  The most dangerous pest we encounter are usually pigs but it is rare that one will attack.  Though sometimes I think it might be better to take on a gator than a swarm of mosquitoes on one of those hot, humid summer days.  If you ever get a flat in one of the swampier sections of our trails you will know what I mean :D
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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2007, 10:18:30 PM »
Amen!

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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2007, 10:20:31 PM »
Removing a big old Banana Spider off of your helmet visor is always a lot of fun. :o
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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2007, 10:23:17 PM »
Removing a big old Banana Spider off of your helmet visor is always a lot of fun. :o


It usually involves a bunch of jumping around!!! :D

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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2007, 10:37:10 PM »
I knew a guy in South Carolina that used the mesh net from a bee keepers helmet on his mountain bike helmet because of the spiders there when he rode early in the morning to beat the heat
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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2007, 10:40:14 PM »
You could make a really strong net out of the webs from these Banana Spiders.  This stuff has some serious tensile strength and is sticky as hell!
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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2007, 10:42:32 PM »
I saw one knock Jimbo right off of his bike once!!

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Re: FL wildlife
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2007, 10:47:21 PM »
Funny that I don't remember that.  I did see a inanimate patch of sand knock Gregg clean off of his bike! ;D

Try being the lead rider on a night ride at Santos.  You really learn what those webs taste like.  Yum!
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