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Offline RiskEverything

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Snakes on the trail
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:23:41 PM »

I passed 4 snakes on the trail today.


The first was a big black snake of some sort that seemed docile and didn't care about the passing bikes, and 3 large rattle(?) snakes, which decidedly cared about the intrusion.

The second encounter was not as unremarkable. I got attacked by one rattleless rattlesnake right before the climb-out on Big Drop today. He was just to the side of the trail and lunged as I rode by. Luckily, he missed me, though I think he bounced off some part of the bike. He was about 4' long and though his tail shook it made no sound. I warned my riding partner who wisely turned around. I got a bunch of pictures of it, then kept riding.


We rode West Meadow and Baby Nessie, then took advantage of the nearly-empty park and rode them "backwards", during which I startled two more snakes. I only heard them slithering away as I passed, but my partner was behind me and saw the last one, which he claims was a 6' rattler.


I thought going tubeless would end my problem with snake bites  ;)
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Re: Snakes on the trail
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2013, 10:18:16 PM »
Pretty common this time of year? I saw a large black snake out in the hole in the fence. No rattlers yet though.

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Re: Snakes on the trail
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2013, 01:05:41 PM »
Post some pictures?  The large docile black one was likely an endangered Indigo snake.  Black racers rarely get more than a couple of feet long or less and are skittish. I've never seen a rattler at Boyette although they are there. I have seen a few moccasins, a coral snake, several rat snakes, a few ring necks, a milk snake, a few indigo, and a gardener snake.

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Re: Snakes on the trail
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2013, 07:36:21 PM »
Never once seen a Rattlesnake at Boyette, two HUGE ones at Alafia before. I have seen two Indigo snakes at Boyette, among countless black racers. One indigo was about 3-4 ft and the other was 6ft plus. They have real big heads and large scales compared to black racers. sen plenty of deer, hogs, alligators and a bobcat or two out there.
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Re: Snakes on the trail
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2013, 10:26:55 PM »
Upon further review, I've deduced that they were cottonmouth moccasins.
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Re: Snakes on the trail
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2013, 02:17:05 PM »
I just got back from Balm Boyette. Another awesome ride. I saw a Yellow Rat Snake, and I am 99% I heard a rattlesnake about 1/2 way out on the access trail.

Just watched this:
Diamondback rattlesnake rattle


I def heard a rattlesnake today.

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Re: Snakes on the trail
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2013, 02:29:37 PM »
Yellow Rat Snake I saw today:


 

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