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    To Early Morning Riders: you see snakes/lizards a lot?

    I went to Stevens Creek/Fremont Older real early today(8AM, very early at least for me). On the single tracks in Fremont Older I saw 3 snakes (~3ft long) and two large lizards (foot long without counting their tails).

    I don't like these stuffs. Just seeing them sends chills to my spine. And on two occasions I almost run over them.

    So I wonder, do you guys see a lot of snake sunbathing in the morning sun a lot when you do early morning rides? If you run over a snake will it turn over and bite your ankle?

    I really don't know what snake I saw today. I am not that of a snake persons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidation View Post
    I went to Stevens Creek/Fremont Older real early today(8AM, very early at least for me). On the single tracks in Fremont Older I saw 3 snakes (~3ft long) and two large lizards (foot long without counting their tails).

    I don't like these stuffs. Just seeing them sends chills to my spine. And on two occasions I almost run over them.

    So I wonder, do you guys see a lot of snake sunbathing in the morning sun a lot when you do early morning rides? If you run over a snake will it turn over and bite your ankle?

    I really don't know what snake I saw today. I am not that of a snake persons.
    I usually ride there after work 4-5ish, and have seen a few of these guys. I saw this one on the way up from the parking lot a few weeks ago - Cora Older Trail. That's about 1/2 of him before he snuck away.

    Interestingly enough, on the way back the same day, I saw a dude hiking up the same trail with a python wrapped around his shoulders. You know, just chillin up the trail, friday afternoon, no harm no foul. I should've taken that pic...


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    I heard that the python problems in the Florida Everglades was from pet owner lost/released those big snakes into a place that they have no predators. If pythons becoming an invasive species here in the Santa Cruz mountains, i will quit mountain bikng all together.
    Still my question left unanswered: if our bike run over the snake,will it turn over and bite us?
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    I usually ride there after work 4-5ish, and have seen a few of these guys. I saw this one on the way up from the parking lot a few weeks ago - Cora Older Trail. That's about 1/2 of him before he snuck away.

    Interestingly enough, on the way back the same day, I saw a dude hiking up the same trail with a python wrapped around his shoulders. You know, just chillin up the trail, friday afternoon, no harm no foul. I should've taken that pic...


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    Learn to respect the snakes and lizards. You are riding in their living room. Mountain biking is a lot more dangerous than the creatures you are encountering.

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    To Early Morning Riders: you see snakes/lizards a lot?

    No chance of pythons becoming a problem around here it's way to cold and dry for them. I see tons of lizards riding FO and other places around here. A few snakes and a rattler now and again. You only need to worry about the rattlers. Even they shouldn't be a big concern, you have to really try or be very unlucky to be bitten.

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    This is what you have to really worry about! And, hell yea they can bite you if you roll over them.
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    Lately I have been seeing a lot of banana slugs. I see some bunnies scurrying in and out of the bushes beside the trail sometimes too.

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    The last thing a snake wants to do is bite you, trust me.

    But you should:

    1. Learn how to bunny hop so you don't hurt the snake and

    2. Google pictures of rattlesnakes so that you know what you're dealing with.

    Usually, when they're taking a sunbath out on the trail they're pretty lethargic--nothing to worry about! Now MidPen rangers, there's something to worry about...
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    Most of the snakes I've seen have been the early riser types,however the mean ones tend to be the late to rise types. Could there be a connection?

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    Holy Crap! Where is this? Florida? It looks like it's not the first time this happen to these people. The red shirt guy is so brave in handling this gigantic thing.

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    This is what you have to really worry about! And, hell yea they can bite you if you roll over them.

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    To Early Morning Riders: you see snakes/lizards a lot?

    I've only seen snakes riding up Prospect road to get to FO in the morning. Funny enough they all wear spandex and had some bits of carbon between their tails. Seems like a species that's in constant danger of being run over and very difficult to bunny hop. In all seriousness, I really haven't really seen snakes out early morning at FO, it's usually mid afternoon on the fire road or wider ST. Saw this guy out at Long Ridge around 6pm:To Early Morning Riders: you see snakes/lizards a lot?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1367592666.149750.jpg

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    On my sun rise road rides, I often see skunks and once in a great while, a fox.
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    Snakes come out at mission peak as early as 5:30. I rode right next to a big one without even knowing it.

    Rode over a snake at Alum Rock once. The snake was more dazed and confused after the incident than ever. Plus you are usually cruising 15mph and is too fast to bite you after two separate wheels roll over their body.

    8am is actually very late for snakes considering how hot it gets these days.

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    I think it's just the time of year and the warm weather. I've seen three snakes in the past week on the trail (2 gopher snakes, one rattlesnake -- last one in Waterdog), which is way more than usual.

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    I saw a California Mountain King snake on the trail at Saratoga Gap. Beautiful snake, I moved it off the trail. It looks like a coral snake, which is poisonous (yellow meets red, kills you dead), except the bands have a different order. As a kid I would have kept it as a pet.

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    Just Rode the Olmsted loop. We saw about 5 snakes. 2 gopher 3 Gardner. Thankfully no rattlers today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zignzag View Post
    I saw a California Mountain King snake on the trail at Saratoga Gap. Beautiful snake, I moved it off the trail. It looks like a coral snake, which is poisonous (yellow meets red, kills you dead), except the bands have a different order. As a kid I would have kept it as a pet.

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    I saw some Santa Cruz Mtn Albinos on my climb up Hicks road this morning...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidation View Post
    If you run over a snake will it turn over and bite your ankle?
    If you do it on purpose, I hope it does.

    Seriously, I have dealt with snakes for years.
    Used to have a few dozen various reptiles and would volunteer taking them around educating children with them.

    I would always stress that unless you know exactly what you are dealing with stay away from it. So please if the fact that you should not needlessly kill a snake just because you don't like them isn't enough reason not to do it than just avoid hitting it for your own safety because it is very much a possibility that it could bite you.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidation View Post
    I heard that the python problems in the Florida Everglades was from pet owner lost/released those big snakes into a place that they have no predators. If pythons becoming an invasive species here in the Santa Cruz mountains, i will quit mountain bikng all together.
    Pythons are not indigenous to Florida and yes they are becoming a problem.
    However, that being said, I guarantee they have been released all over the country but just don't survive. The conditions in Florida are perfect for their survival but not so much in Santa Cruz.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zignzag View Post
    I saw a California Mountain King snake on the trail at Saratoga Gap. Beautiful snake, I moved it off the trail. It looks like a coral snake, which is poisonous (yellow meets red, kills you dead), except the bands have a different order. As a kid I would have kept it as a pet.

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    Looks exactly like the pic I posted. Maybe even the same guy. I'm a snake noob

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