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Well, I sure thought I was snake food there for a second...:D

So, I convince my wife to go with me on a late afternoon trail ride on one of our town's single track trails. As we were heading down a slight downhill section, my eagle eye picks out a rather large snake in the middle of the trail about 5 feet in front of me...I slam on the juicy 7's, the AM1 takes a nose dive, the Nevegal's stick to the trail like glue, my rather large posterior goes up and I find myself going over the handlebars. As I'm falling, I am trying to warn my wife behind me that she should stop (not that the my big @#s in the air wasn't a big enough hint) while at the same time trying to look at the markings of the snake to see if its a rattle snake, while at the same time laughing at how ironic it is that I'm about to land face first on a snake after trying to convince my 7 year old just an hour earlier that we would not see a snake on the trail (he stayed at home, warning me that I will see a snake), while at the same time recognizing the familiar black diamond like spots on the body of the snake, while at the same time trying to look for rattles, while at the same time wondering why the dang thing hasn't moved so much as a tongue flicker, while at the same time wondering why this otherwise healthy looking snake is dead...boom, I land with my face on the tail and my hand an inch to an inch and a half away from the head...do my best to roll away, sit up and start laughing. My wife finally sees the snake and yells, and I try to reassure her that it is dead, its not a rattle snake, and it didnt try to eat me. The snake never moves, i inspect it a little closer...no tongue action, no breathing, nothing. I look for a stick and go to move it a little off the trail so as not to send anyone else over the bars, and the damn things strats slithering away...to which I jump, cuss, and laugh again. The big (to me anyway...about 3 feet in reality) guy, slithers off into the bushes and we hop on our bikes and onto the trails again...Not a bad way to end a saturday eh? :thumbsup:


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Sorry, no pics...left the camera at home! :madman:
 

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Hey dude, kinda sounds like a Bull snake...I live in NM too, In alb now but I grew up in Edgewood. The larger Bull snakes there had the amazing abillity to coil up, shake the tail and make a the same noise as a rattler. I nearly shat myself once when a 5 footer pulled this little stunt on me. Did you hurt yourself?
 

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You are one lucky son of a !$#$&*!!!

The snakes I've met on the trail are a lot more angry and animated.

You either think at the speed of light or you fall very slowly :D

Glad you came out of this one unscathed :thumbsup:
 

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Was out riding last week and ran into a pit viper. Tis a snake we have here in Israel, very dangerous and hella poisonous! Managed to brake in time and let it pass into the brush. Not the type of snake you wish to fall on!
 

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Yea, I'm pretty sure it was a bull snake that was too pooped to move out of harms way and decided to play possum instead....which it was very good at, especially since something my size comes flying out of no-where right on top of it! :eek: I'm guessing that had it been a rattle snake, i would have been in a great position to get tagged right on the face, Kill BIll volume 2 style! :p

No big injuries, just a scraped knee and a sore shoulder...and, although I thought it happened very fast, my wife assures me I looked like I was going over the bars in slow motion...maybe she had a clicker (a la Adam Sandlers new movie) and slowed me down to enjoy the view! :D :D

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eretzIsrael said:
Was out riding last week and ran into a pit viper. Tis a snake we have here in Israel, very dangerous and hella poisonous! Managed to brake in time and let it pass into the brush. Not the type of snake you wish to fall on!
Youch! Glad you managed to stop in time! As for me, I don't think i'll slam the brakes on again...er at least thats what I tell myself anyway...:D

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There seems to be a lot of sightings this year. Perhaps the warmer weather is good for reptiles?!:idea:

I saw a young rattler last week...it looked as though a biker had run it over. It was almost cut in half. It couldn't do more than shake it's rattle...no coiling, not much other movement. It did try to get off the trail but it was apparent then that only a small amount of it was actually functioning. Kinda sad actually...:sad:

Bird food...
 

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Nightmares...

I won't be sleeping tonight thanks to that story, I'll be stirring with snake nightmares!

YIKES! I hate snakes! :eekster:
 
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