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    When you are not biking, you must be pimping.

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    If you find a rattlesnake, just eat it and make something out of it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckanado View Post
    ...and closer to home (for me): San Clemente canyon/Marian Bear yesterday. Big fella was just chillin' in the shade at the edge of a stagnant pond under one of the freeway ramps (52/Genesee). Looked to be about a good 5 feet long and as big around as my *****.

    I'm no snake expert, but I was kinda surprised to see a rattler so close to the water.






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    Actually it's not unusual at all. Rattlesnakes swim. They cross the Colorado river so whenever we were swimming there my dad always told me not to grab "sticks" in the water because it might not be a stick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    This brings up another important fact. There are no snakes in the surf along the So Cal surf. Unless you consider the "wave snake" who drops in on your wave and snakes you out of a good ride.
    Lots of brown trout, though, after a good rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doe boy View Post
    don't go near my toilet, there is a big snake in thurrr.
    lmfao...
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    Last year I was riding with a buddy. He was behind me. I heard him yell and then heard his tires skidding. I thought he wrecked so I turned around and he's yelling at me "you ok?!?" I didn't know what he was talking about until he said a snake struck at my bike from the side of the trail. The strike caused the snake to "hop" off the little berm on the side of the trail. Sure enough a really pissed off copperhead was dancing around on the trail. My buddy had bunny hopped over it since it flopped into the middle of the trail in front of him.

    From that point until the end of my ride I saw over 800,000 more snakes. Although they could have been sticks. But were probably snakes.

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    I was riding over some log piles in ________ canyon a few years ago, and just as I crested one a rattler on the back side went flying off into the bushes, pissed as hell. It looked like it was shot out of a cannon. I was pretty damned lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kb2wji View Post
    From that point until the end of my ride I saw over 800,000 more snakes. Although they could have been sticks. But were probably snakes.
    LOL, I know the feeling. I have seen dozens of mountain lions disguised as bushes during some night rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by random walk View Post
    LOL, I know the feeling. I have seen dozens of mountain lions disguised as bushes during some night rides.
    Yup! Is it just me, or does a squirrel sound just like a bear at night?

    OP, I think there are snakes everywhere. Just make sure you keep your head up. They fall from trees ya know

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    As a long time herp (collector) and MTBer:

    Rattlesnakes are the only snakes in California dangerous to humans. However as pointed out elsewhere on this thread, they bite when threatened and generally prefer to escape.

    The chance of snakebite while riding is similar to the odds of being struck by lightening. However when off the bike - sitting for a rest, watering a bush, etc, there is a risk of disturbing or inadvertently stepping on one. This is when you could be bitten.

    Exaggerated fear of snakes is irrational. You're over 10,000 times more likely to be killed by your own species than snakebite:

    Some statistics:

    Total US persons died of snakebite 2000-present: 13
    Total US persons died of dog attacks 2000-present (several hundred)
    Total US persons murdered 2000-2010 (excluding Florida) 165,000

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    450 people die every year just getting out of bed. Maybe the poster shouldn't go to sleep either. Silliest post I've ever read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolling thunder View Post
    Rattlesnakes are the only snakes in California dangerous to humans.
    That's not true. I'll let you sit on that statement and see if you can fiqure it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    That's not true. I'll let you sit on that statement and see if you can fiqure it out.
    Doesn't it go "Red on Yellow will kill a fellow"?

    Found it...

    Red touches yellow, kills a fellow. Red touches black, friend of Jack.
    Red touches yellow, kills a fellow. Red touches black, venom lack.
    Red touches yellow, death says hello. Black touches red, keep your head.
    Yellow touches red, you be dead. Red touches black, eat Cracker Jacks.

    HMMMMM but...

    After a little web research, there seems to be a consensus that only 6 species of snakes are venomous in Cali and all are rattlers. I am just going to go stand in my corner now....
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    Keep searching.
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    The rhyme refers to Coral snakes. These are venomous but the furthest West they occur is Arizona (and IIRC parts of Mexico). The same 3 colors occur in California Mountain Kingsnakes (with red to black), but they are harmless.

    I have seen the California Mountain Kings in the Santa Monicas, though the ordinary California King is much more common.

    California mountain kingsnake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Lyre snake and Ringnecks are mildly venomous California species, but they are not dangerous to humans.

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    MCS might be referring to the Sidewinder, which can bury itself in sand that you shouldn't sit on. However they have rattles.

    Or, more likely, the very dangerous one eyed trouser snake?

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    Nope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    That's not true. I'll let you sit on that statement and see if you can fiqure it out.
    99% of the people out there don't about the other one since it's so far down along the bottom of the South-eastern part of the state
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    No man. Think southwestern California. Venom yield is low, but still considered potentially dangerous to humans. It's also found in India, Africa, Asia, Australia, Mexico, including Baja California, and Central America.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    No man. Think southwestern California. Venom yield is low, but still considered potentially dangerous to humans. of it's also found in Africa, Asia, Australia, Mexico, including Baja California, and Central America.
    I'm tired of using my brain. I worked very hard all day, then came home to work for my second job, then worked with my daughter on her homework, then did book keeping for my business.

    Now, can you just spell it out plain and simple,... pretty please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I'm tired of using my brain. I worked very hard all day, then came home to work for my second job, then worked with my daughter on her homework, then did book keeping for my business.

    Now, can you just spell it out plain and simple,... pretty please.
    This ain't the Hawg show, you know. I'll let you lose a little sleep over it. Remind me tomorrow. In fact you're going to have a dream about it tonight. One of these snakes is going to bite you in the nutsack. And you'll wake up with the answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    This ain't the Hawg show, you know. I'll let you lose a little sleep over it. Remind me tomorrow. In fact you're going to have a dream about it tonight. One of these snakes is going to bite you in the nutsack. And you'll wake up with the answer.
    In order to get any sleep at all tonight, I will have to O.D. on Ambien after this outrageous act.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolling thunder View Post
    The rhyme refers to Coral snakes. These are venomous but the furthest West they occur is Arizona (and IIRC parts of Mexico). The same 3 colors occur in California Mountain Kingsnakes (with red to black), but they are harmless.

    I have seen the California Mountain Kings in the Santa Monicas, though the ordinary California King is much more common.

    California mountain kingsnake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Lyre snake and Ringnecks are mildly venomous California species, but they are not dangerous to humans.
    They are not venomous, but often introduce dangerous bacterial infections to those bitten.

    Here's a guide to all the venomous snakes in CA .

    Facts about snakes in California
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Ray View Post
    They are not venomous, but often introduce dangerous bacterial infections to those bitten.

    Here's a guide to all the venomous snakes in CA .

    Facts about snakes in California
    Looks like Mountain Cycle Yawn is no snake expert...unless he counts Gila Monsters as snakes!

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