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    Who's run over a Rattler? now that its snake season

    Im just curious who's actually run over one they couldnt avoid. I ride with my boys who are teenagers and want to try to give guidence on how to handle a situation. We came across one last year but we saw him in plenty of time to slow and roll around him. Im not so worried if im not clipped in and can lift my feet up high but you never know!

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    I ran directly over a small Gopher snake a few years ago. I stopped to check it out and was shocked to see that it did not have any obvious injury.

    When we were kids, my Cousin and I were jumping down from boulders along a creek and he landed right on top of a large rattler. It was scary and funny. The snake didn't know what hit it. It was clearly asleep, coiled up. My Cousin is a big Viking (Icelandic) yet he more or less bounced off the snake in an effort to get away from it quickly.

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    Ran over a rattler at PQ, coming down the ST on cobbles trail. Came around bend, saw the snake and ID'd it as a rattler as my front wheel was going over it. It was flat out across the trail so I don't think there was any way it could have swung around to get me, my main concern was for my buddy coming up right behind me. Snake was SUPER pissed lol, hissing and rattling. Was a bit scary for my friend to pass where it slithered off into the grass, he didn't know if it was just hiding plotting revenge or what.

    Been rattled at 2x while hike a biking not looking where I was going, once at Hodges at the little hill/creek crossing after the whoopsies by a HUGE diamondback probably like 3.5-4 feet long and once by a little guy at Sycamore tip top trail when I was walking backwards thinking how cool it was that I could see the ocean. Advice there is to always look where you're going.

    I've seen probably 5-10 more over the years that basically just ignored me

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    Ran over a rattler's tail 20+ years ago on Little Pine. Came around a blind corner and couldn't avoid it. Yelled, "SNAAAAAAAKE!" really loud and my following buddy was able to stop. Snake was fine and rattled off into the bushes.

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    One time I locked up my brakes so that I wouldn't run a massive one over at PQ (as mentioned above). I ended up going over the bars and face planting 1 foot from it. One of the sketchiest crashes of all time. Not cool. My endo was one of those slow motion ones too...lots of time to think about what was about to happen...

    One struck my buddies rear wheel two years ago at Mission Trails....saw it happen with my own two eyes. He is a tough dude, but screemed like a little girl. It was pretty funny actually.

    Not sure what to do about it though. It is just a risk we all take I guess. Have a cell phone on you at least and hope you get reception...

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    Yes to that one at least a few times. It happens on the way down and the last time was last summer. When you see them it's sometimes too late and immediately you level out your pedals to get yourself as far from him as possible. Right over the last one and he just stayed put. I usually nudge them off the trail when I see them so they don't get run over or bite someone. My daughter also almost stepped on one last year. I warned her just in time as we were hiking. Lots of them in the bay area in California. Getting bit by one can sometimes cost 75 grand and up. Hospital and anti venum shots are expensive.
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    $$$$$$ snake bite u tube

    This one cost 150 grand me thinks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpcDZbXslfw
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    I HATE SNAKES!! I Saw some shedded snake skin at turnbull a few weeks ago during my hike.

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    If you see it in time to stop early, just do and then you can coax 'em off the trail to go hunt bunnies and other such stuff. Don't go bananas trying to stop, though: you don't want to wind up either on the ground or stopped right over the snake, right?

    If you can't avoid, roll right over and go toward the "head side" (keeps 'em down so they don't strike, if it has time). The bigger danger is definitely to the rider(s) behind you, who then encounter a startled, angry snake.

    I was riding in a group of six running 2x2x2 on a fire road when we came across 3 in the trail. The first two groups of us bunny-hopped the snakes and the third group got a "ponk" sound off the 'dale downtube of one rider... from a snake head. Close one. Better to ride lead.

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    Ive been ponked by a rattler sunning itself on the side of the trail. Also went past one that was run over by the guy in front of me. I got unnerved by the ponking.

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    I almost did Rydbyk's face plant next to a rattler. On my first ride with disc brakes I came around a corner in San Clemente canyon to find a snake stretched across the trail. I grabbed some brake and the rear wheel came off the ground about a foot before I let off the front brake. I remember thinking I was going to try to land with my foot on it's head. As it was I stopped about three feet from it. It didn't even move, so I turned around and warned some joggers to take the main trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycleboy
    Ran over a rattler's tail 20+ years ago on Little Pine. Came around a blind corner and couldn't avoid it. Yelled, "SNAAAAAAAKE!" really loud and my following buddy was able to stop. Snake was fine and rattled off into the bushes.
    Did the same thing at Mission Trails last year, just clipped it near the tail. My buddy behind me had plenty of warning and as he passed it by, he said it was looking sort of like "WTF just happened?" but wasn't rattling.

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    Ride in control, and rattlesnakes won't ever be an issue.

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    I have had several close encounters but only ran over one: I ran right over the middle of a big one at Sycamore Canyon (Santee side) several years ago. Crested a hill and just saw a bunch of movement under my feet in my peripheral vision. Stopped about 10 yards later and yelled back to my brother who was following. Fortunately he stopped in time, because the snake was in the middle of the trail pissed off and ready to strike.

    If you are riding fast over a blind hill there is not much you can do. The best defense is just to keep your head up and look far ahead when riding, but thats good practice regardless of snakes..

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    I ran over one with the back tire

    I was middle in a group of three. First guy yelled snake, I went toward the wrong side. Glad I lifted the front wheel. The last rider saw it strike his front wheel, but snakes are everywhere on the Rose Canyon loop. We have called it snake canyon since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy
    Ride in control, and rattlesnakes won't ever be an issue.
    What?

    I was in complete control of my bike and speed when I ran one over. Came around a blind corner and there was no choice as it was stretched across the trail. Brush was low, so I could see there were no people coming, but the snake wasn't visible until I was on it. I guess I could've been in better control if I walked my bike down the entire trail?

    Another non-riding incident. I was hiking with my wife and son and came across a baby rattler on a fairly busy trail. Reached off to the side of the trail and grabbed a stick to help prod it off the trail and out of danger. Once it went on its way, I put the stick back. . .

    and noticed Mom was coiled up under a rock about 6 inches from where I had grabbed the stick! She didn't strike and didn't rattle, but I was rattled!

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    Along the lines of this thread... Has anyone ever been bit? If so, what did you do? Does anyone have a good link on the proper protocol to take if bitten?

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    Get to a doctor ASAP. None of the snake bite kits really do all that much as far as I've heard. Always carry a cell phone so you can call 911.

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    Rider in SLO about 4-5 months ago was riding when all of a sudden he felt he had been punched in the nose and felt horrible all over. Did not know what happened until he looked back on the trail and saw a rattlesnake slithering away off the trail and then noticed the bite mark on his leg. He then rode back to his car (at MDO about 5 miles) then went to the hospital where he was hospitalized.

    After that I lost track of what happened next. Pretty crazy bad luck for the guy. I figure that another rider must have gone by few minutes earlier and made the snake coil up..and he had the bad luck to come by then.
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    I think I ran over a rattler this morning at Del Mar Mesa, didnt even know it, until the rider behind me yelled "Rattler!" and then I heard the rattling. He then proceeded to tell me I probably ran it over... Scary stuff, I didnt even see it (Im always looking ahead, but my eyes arent great).

    Ride safe guys.

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    Never hit a snake while on my bike. Half dead squirrel? Yes. But a rattler? No. Seen a few of them while running though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Okie Dokie

    After that I lost track of what happened next.
    Cool story bro

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    I hucked a dead skunk in the trail once.

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    Rattlesnake encounter is pretty common at where I ride after work so I run over a rattlesnake every once in while if I cannot stop safely. To me panic braking in front of one is suicidal.

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    Think I ran over 3 rattlers last year. With the colder summer they were pretty active (and aggressive as HELL!) and always seem to be stretched out across the trail as I rounded a turn. Didn't bother me much as I was gone before they could react but my buddies behind me had one PO'd rattlesnake to deal with when they caught up...
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    Thanks for all the posts. I need to keep my kids closer to me when we ride. I let my 12 year old take off uphill cause he climbs like a maniac, so thats gonna have to end. THen my 16yr old bombs down faster then us so Im gonna keep that in check too..ALSO now Im gonna be more aware of my surroundings during the hike a bike sections! I hate snakes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy
    Ride in control, and rattlesnakes won't ever be an issue.

    Now Randy...you serious?

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    If you are afraid of rattlers, don't ride the 24 hour course at Hurkey Creek, or in the Idyllwild area. I usually ride over two or three a year. They love to lay stretched out in the middle of trails sunning themselves in the late spring. I have had two dark timber rattlers rise up into my cranks only to be knocked down. When you are moving quickly around a corner, it is impossible to react fast enough!

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    One summer day, back when the Manitou 2 was cutting edge, we crossed FOURTEEN snakes between the top of L.A. Sycamore Canyon and the beachside trailhead. We just let'em slither away. One of them looked like a dang python. about 6' stretched out and thick.

    Man, he woulda made a great hatband in the 1970's. Or, like now for the Motor City Madman.

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    Long ago when I used to ride dirt bikes I ran over a snake that stretched most of the way across a dirt road and looked to be as big around as my calf. I was going fast and only had time to kind of unload the suspension. I stopped and went back to look for it (and possibly put it out of it's misery if I squished it). I couldn't find any sign of it. I really think I saw it....

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    Thankfully, the only two times I've seen them on the trail were when I was walking my bike back up. The first time I saw it from a good ten feet away, the second time I almost walked on top of it. I was about halfway off of the trail right as I rounded a corner, and because it was so small I thought it was a branch...I don't think I scared the snake at all but I was shaken up pretty good.

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    New to the site but not new to riding.. Last year we were riding near Thousand Oaks and I swore the item in front of me was a tree branch.. Low and behold to my surprise i bunny hoped over it and while doing so realized it was the largest rattler me and my friend had ever seen.. Tried to strike at me and lucky didnt get hit..

    Seriously my biggest fear is when riding single track out here.. especially in July when the brush is so high. I think a copper head is a bigger threat though

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    I've seen 10-15 and had to bunny-hop two of them (both on the same day at of all places.... Rattlesnake Canyon). Last July at Lake Hodges, they were out in force. I saw one on (3) straight days, including the biggest/fattest one ever. He was just sunning himself on the side of the trail, only about 1/2 mile from the main lot near NC Fair. Not surprising though because they had tons of food available. The rabbit population was immense last season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quicker401
    New to the site but not new to riding.. Last year we were riding near Thousand Oaks and I swore the item in front of me was a tree branch.. Low and behold to my surprise i bunny hoped over it and while doing so realized it was the largest rattler me and my friend had ever seen.. Tried to strike at me and lucky didnt get hit..

    Seriously my biggest fear is when riding single track out here.. especially in July when the brush is so high. I think a copper head is a bigger threat though
    I don't think we really have to be on the lookout for Copperheads in SoCal.
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    I understand that it is incredibly bad luck to step across a cobra (which is after all the king of snakes) that is lying across your path. I can only imagine the cost in Hindu holy men, milk, honey and incense it would take to avert the huge amount of bad luck that would result from riding over a cobra.
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    I rode past one that I didn't see, but heard just to the side of a horse trail in the hills by Lake Perris. It sounded like a water sprinkler. That was my first encounter since moving here in Nov '10. I don't really fear 'em since there's a lot of info out there about them. I hear they're shy and only attack if threatened. I'd stop and watch it if I see one in the middle of a trail though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis
    I rode past one that I didn't see, but heard just to the side of a horse trail in the hills by Lake Perris. It sounded like a water sprinkler. That was my first encounter since moving here in Nov '10. I don't really fear 'em since there's a lot of info out there about them. I hear they're shy and only attack if threatened. I'd stop and watch it if I see one in the middle of a trail though.

    Lake Perris is where I had my encounter with a huge rattler 5' easy! It was on a paved part of the trail along the lake. We pulled over never seing one in the wild and I wanted to hear what a rattlesnake sounds like in person. (I dont believe Hollywood movies!) Plus I wanted my boys to hear it too in case they run into one. From a safe distance I provoked it with small pebbles and yes when threatend they will coil and rattle. AFter the experience we waited till it slithered deep into bushes and advised uncoming people about the sighting.

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    Bunny hopped over one on me old Racer-X flying down Gridley in Ojai.

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    I saw my first rattler of the season this afternoon at Sycamore Canyon, Riverside. He was coiled up on the trail in the mini moab area. He wasn't a happy camper!

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    almost ran into one this afternoon off of T&A in laguna coast wilderness. luckily, i was braking already to get around a little stump. otherwise, with the tall grass i wouldn't have seen it till the last second. he was pissed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert
    almost ran into one this afternoon off of T&A in laguna coast wilderness. luckily, i was braking already to get around a little stump. otherwise, with the tall grass i wouldn't have seen it till the last second. he was pissed!
    I saw two in El Moro canyon on Sunday. I've hopped over one and ridden past a few, speed helps...
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    this close

    I wasn't close to running over a rattlesnake, but I was this close to getting bit by one I came around a bend and there it was in the trail, it rattled and then took a swipe at me as I rode past. I didn't get to see the lunge, but I definately heard it. My buddy was a second or two behind me and it took a shot at him too. We stopped a bit aways and tried to get it off the trail. There were alot of hikers on the trail that day, so we decided to help the snake off the trail. A buddy of mine got a tree branch and led it off the trail into the bushes.
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    Happened to me today

    On the Desert Classic near Pima Canyon. Didn't have time to react and the snake was stretched out over the majority of the width of the trail. He rattled, i screamed. I was able to unclip a foot, it just happened, i didn't think about it. Snake moved into a shrub.

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    Came close to running over a trout a couple weeks ago on one of the concrete crossings up Trabuco.


    This guy had no intention of moving off El Moro ridge. Ignored the sticks being tossed at it by two hikers who were afraid to pass by.
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    Msn i think i saw the same snake at el moro ridge on Friday - i think right after "I think I can" on the way to get a view of the ocean. he was about 4 feet long

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    I saw my first rattler of this year at Hurkey Creek last Friday. It was a tiny baby stretched out across the fire road by the oak tree that signals the beginning of the downhill section of the 24 hour loop. I'm surprised he didn't drown because there was a ton of water on those trails! Use a wet chain lube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craptasticycle
    Get to a doctor ASAP. None of the snake bite kits really do all that much as far as I've heard. Always carry a cell phone so you can call 911.

    Also, do not try to hike or bike out of the area you are in unless you can keep your heart rate extremely low and you have no other choice. Better to let the medics come get you. Best thing is to stay calm and keep the heart rate low to avoid pumping the venom around the body too much.

    As for the comment about keeping ones bike in control to avoid the snakes, bike control is not going to save you from a snake in the trail. I came around a blind corner on a tight single track in Calavera Preserve about a month ago and barely stopped in time to avoid running over what was a dead rattle snake sprawled across the trail. I was going about 4mph at the time because the trail was so tight.

    My buddies found another dead rattler a week later in a different part of the preserve. No idea what is killing them, but I have yet to see a live one.

    On another note we did see a Ring Necked Coral Snake, it was gorgeous, never seen one before, and I just missed running him over cause he was so small, probably only 9-10 inches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I
    Came close to running over a trout a couple weeks ago on one of the concrete crossings up Trabuco.


    This guy had no intention of moving off El Moro ridge. Ignored the sticks being tossed at it by two hikers who were afraid to pass by.
    That's a Southern Pacific -- notoriously stubborn and ill-tempered. Some experts even believe the Southern Pacific is more poisonous than other rattlesnakes due to cross-breeding with Mojave Greens which have a neurotoxin in their venom.

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    My mom sent this email to me yesterday, thought it sorta fit in on this thread:







    This is a 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake - the largest ever caught on record, in fact. This snake was found Near the St. Augustine outlet, in a new KB homes subdivision just south of Jacksonville FL.

    A little research revealed the following:
    One bite from a snake of this size would contain enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.

    The head of this snake alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man
    A bite from those fangs would comparable to being stabbed by two curved, 1/4 inch diameter screwdrivers.

    The knife being used to draw out the fangs for the bottom picture has a blade around 4 inches long.

    This snake is estimated to have weighed over 170 pounds.

    Notice the girth of this snake as compared to the cops leg in the first picture (and he is
    not a small man).
    A snake of this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child (and dogs, pigs, etc).
    A snake this size has a 5 1/2' accurate striking distance. (The distance for an average size rattlesnake is about 2 feet.)


    I think Mountain Biking In Florida is a bit more hazardous when it comes to snakes.

    Unless this is some elaborate email hoax....
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