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a rattlesnake! :eek:

i did not scream but i did let out an extended 'Aaaaa' and then an 'oh, sh!t!' the snake did not try to strike and i was quick enough to stop pedaling and got the cranks level. Whew. nothing like a good scare of the natural kind. btw, the snake was a western diamondback about 2 feet long. after my assault it slithered off the trail rattling all the way.

survived to ride another day. :cool:

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Yikes!! That gave me the creeps! I'm glad to hear it didn't strike back-that would have been really freaky!
 

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AZtortoise said:
a rattlesnake! :eek:

i did not scream but i did let out an extended 'Aaaaa' and then an 'oh, sh!t!' the snake did not try to strike and i was quick enough to stop pedaling and got the cranks level. Whew. nothing like a good scare of the natural kind. btw, the snake was a western diamondback about 2 feet long. after my assault it slithered off the trail rattling all the way.

survived to ride another day. :cool:

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i had to laugh........ :D
the last time i came up on a snake. i jumped off the bike and ran backwards about 6ft.
scared the livin' b-jesus out of me. the guy's following got a good laugh. they say " hey just bunny hop it" ya right........
 

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Did you see it?

I ran over one once, but I thought was a stick. Not until I felt a very unstick-like squish under the tires did I realize it was a snake!

I felt terrible as I could've avoided it....if I had only registered that it was something that could be hurt by my rolling-over-it actions...

This was early-on in my life as an Arizonan, and it was a black snake, and we were in Payson. It honestly looked just like a fallen branch of a Ponderosa. It tried to rattle, rather pathetically, and attempted to slither away. I fear I hurt the poor thing...and I actually appologized to it. (Like it had a clue what I was saying.)

Anyway, I'm glad to hear you were OK! Was your encounter on a night ride, or were the snakes out during the day, because it was soooo nice in the desert this weekend? Just curious....
 

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3 short snake stories

AZtortoise said:
a rattlesnake! :eek:

i did not scream but i did let out an extended 'Aaaaa' and then an 'oh, sh!t!' the snake did not try to strike and i was quick enough to stop pedaling and got the cranks level. Whew. nothing like a good scare of the natural kind. btw, the snake was a western diamondback about 2 feet long. after my assault it slithered off the trail rattling all the way.

survived to ride another day. :cool:

Rita
all of them involving innocuous eastern black snakes (though i did once step over an eastern diamond back while hiking).

last summer i went riding with some friends. i was in the lead then my friend dayna, then marc. i'm zipping along the trail when suddenly this big black snake zooms across the trail right in front of my front tire. "EEEEEEEEeeeeek!" i screamed (normally i'm not squeemish about snakes it just startled me). this caused my friend dayna to scream and when she screamed it caused my friend marc to yelp as well. poor snake probably died of fright from all of us screaming in the woods!

last fall i was out riding one of my favorite trails alone. i came around a blind curve to find a huge black snake (must have been at least 6' long and a good 2" in diameter) sprawled across the trail. "EEEEEEeeeeek!" i screamed (see a pattern here?). then i looked more closely and realized that someone had already run the poor thing over and it was dead - either that or they'd gone after it with a rock. i decided to move it off the trail so no one else would come flying around the curve and endo. i found the longest stick (more like a branch) i could with a fork at the end and went to move the snake. wouldn't you know it, the darn thing was still alive!!! "EEEEEEEEeeeeek!" i screamed. eventually i managed to move it off the trail.

this spring during a race i ran over a snake - no scream this time! :p i thought it was a branch and it wasn't until i'd already rolled over it that i realized that it was a snake. i guess i didn't do too much damage to it since when i came around for my next lap it was gone.

glad to hear you survived to ride another day! :)

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I saw two this weekend.

I squealed a little at the sight of both. I usually see about one a month but two in the same ride is unusual. I think they were both harmless....so my husband said when I described them later. One I think was the garden variety black snake and the other was a king snake, which eats rattlers (yeah). I would probably stroke out if I came up on a rattler while riding. :eek: I usually just see the black snakes around here (Georgia) though a fellow biker claims his tire was attacked a few weeks back by a rattler. This was at one of my favorite trails that has about a mile of connector trail that runs real flat and low by the creek. Even before hearing that story, I usually ride through that part much slower than I could, repeating some kind of "hope I don't see a snake" mantra. So far, it's worked.
 

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snakes are neat but creepy to suddenly come up on!

twice while running i came upon snakes - nothing venomous, but so startling that I leapt a few feet, screamed "EEEEEEEEE" ( like rt!) and stuck my extremities out at odd angles.
 

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lately it's turtles

I see a snake every once in a while, but lately I see a lot of turtles. They look like small rocks until you notice they're moving. I've so far managed not to run any over, but it's been close a few times. I'd feel terrible if I squished one. I see them at two different trails...so guess they're hardy Georgia trail turtles.
 

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AZtortoise said:
a rattlesnake! :eek:

i did not scream but i did let out an extended 'Aaaaa' and then an 'oh, sh!t!' the snake did not try to strike and i was quick enough to stop pedaling and got the cranks level. Whew. nothing like a good scare of the natural kind. btw, the snake was a western diamondback about 2 feet long. after my assault it slithered off the trail rattling all the way.

survived to ride another day. :cool:

Rita
Those things are enough to give you a heart attack - yesterday while hiking with my fiance, we encountered one...she went dancing off down the trail in front of me only to be shocked a few yards later by the sound of a hiss and rattle just off the trail. Talk about a shot of adrenaline to the system.

Two weeks ago I was riding with a couple of guys and heard this really loud "cricket" in the bushes...some cricket! it was coiled rattlesnake! Yeah, they're good fun...

But nothing like that black bear...
 

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I ran over one once, but I thought was a stick. Not until I felt a very unstick-like squish under the tires did I realize it was a snake!

I felt terrible as I could've avoided it....if I had only registered that it was something that could be hurt by my rolling-over-it actions...

This was early-on in my life as an Arizonan, and it was a black snake, and we were in Payson. It honestly looked just like a fallen branch of a Ponderosa. It tried to rattle, rather pathetically, and attempted to slither away. I fear I hurt the poor thing...and I actually appologized to it. (Like it had a clue what I was saying.)

Anyway, I'm glad to hear you were OK! Was your encounter on a night ride, or were the snakes out during the day, because it was soooo nice in the desert this weekend? Just curious....
i only saw the snake when it was about 2 feet in front of my front tire. i saw it on an early morning ride out at White Tank. the last rattler i saw out there was a bit bigger, about 4 feet long. i hope the snake survived my rollover. it acted royally pissed if that is any indication.

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It is definitely snake season in southern Arizona. I have seen numerous "racers", and in the last four rides six western diamondback rattlers. Just this morning up at Black Mountain (the 24Hrs of Old Pueblo area) I came across a coral snake crossing the trail, which is a pretty rare sight.

Rattlesnakes are so common right now that I prefer to ride first in line, rather than second or third. The first rider almost always finds the rattler just as startled and unprepared as the rider. However, the snake is often mad as hell, coiled and ready for action when the second or third rider get to it!

Keep an eye peeled! :D
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hmmm....good to know....

AZtortoise said:
i only saw the snake when it was about 2 feet in front of my front tire. i saw it on an early morning ride out at White Tank. the last rattler i saw out there was a bit bigger, about 4 feet long. i hope the snake survived my rollover. it acted royally pissed if that is any indication.

Rita
Normally during the summer months I don't worry about rattlers when the sun is out...only at twighlight/dawn and at night...But it appears that the the cooler temps have expanded their hours of operation. Guess I need to be on the lookout more often....
 

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The biggest snake I saw riding

Several years ago I was flying down a creek side trail heading to a state park. My dog was with me running about 20 feet behind and 5-10 feet off the trail.

I rounded a bend and about 15 feet ahead I could see about 18 inches of snake across the trail. Both sides of the trail were high grass so I had no idea how long it was but it was as big around as my upper arm.

I was going too fast to stop. If I had tried to stop I would have stopped nearly on top of it. In a flash I decided my best bet was to try and jump it. I got the front wheel over but the back must have hit. I immediately heard the rattles but kept on cranking.

I'm sure when I hit it and it started rattleing it must have also turned to strike. The head side was the side my dog was running on but he made it by unscathed too.

Talk about freaking scared!!!!! OMG!!! It all happened sooo fast.

Made me really think about what to do IF I'de been bitten. You still have to ride out to get help if alone. I went and bought a snake bite kit that day. Since I have learned more and no longer carry it with me.

The best advise it get help QUICK. Don't slice open the bite, don't try and suck out the venum, don't shock it with a car battery.

Dial 911 or get to the hospital.
 

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I saw a similar snake a dozen years ago, before I ever had a bike, while hiking Mt. Pisgah. My first thougth on seeing that body completely blocking the trail was "alligator tail" not "snake". It was an Eastern Diamond Back. We just froze and stared wide-eyed as it continued on it's way. I still think about that snake when I'm a long way out...at that size the amount of venom would be ridiculous.

I carry a Sawyer extractor. You're right that the old fashioned kit w/ a razor for slicing the wound is a bad idea, but the Sawyer is supposed to be a good option.

My husband has had an unseen (until then) Copperhead strike at his wheel from the grass on the side of a gravel road. Apparently the snake was not aware that he is supposed to be "more afraid of you than you are of him". I'll puke if one more stary-eyed hippie says that to me. I've seen how poisonous snakes behave in the woods and that's BS.
 

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litespeedchick said:
I saw a similar snake a dozen years ago, before I ever had a bike, while hiking Mt. Pisgah. My first thougth on seeing that body completely blocking the trail was "alligator tail" not "snake". It was an Eastern Diamond Back. We just froze and stared wide-eyed as it continued on it's way. I still think about that snake when I'm a long way out...at that size the amount of venom would be ridiculous.

I carry a Sawyer extractor. You're right that the old fashioned kit w/ a razor for slicing the wound is a bad idea, but the Sawyer is supposed to be a good option.

My husband has had an unseen (until then) Copperhead strike at his wheel from the grass on the side of a gravel road. Apparently the snake was not aware that he is supposed to be "more afraid of you than you are of him". I'll puke if one more stary-eyed hippie says that to me. I've seen how poisonous snakes behave in the woods and that's BS.
Ummm...

Don't be telling me that...

My fiance and I are preparing for our honeymoon in North Carolina and running into a poisonous snake on the trails is one of our big fears....

Rich
 
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