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    Almost Ran Over A Rattler on Vortex!

    Meant to post this a few days ago but forgot. Almost ran this guy over on the Vortex, was lucky enough to be able to stop on time. He was just sitting right across the trail. As I was stopping my buddy, he coiled up and starting rattling. VERY INTIMIDATING! I have never seen a real large snake like this out in the wild, so it was a bit unnerving. Needless to say I have been avoiding that section of the trail, its the section about 15-20 yards before the large boulder coming into the rock garden. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!


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    Wow, Mitch1171 and I almost ran one over on speedway a few months ago. It was the same type of rattler but it looked a little smaller than that one.

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    It's time for a good-ol fashioned WHACKING DAY!
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    nothing a little trail work day can't clean up

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    Seems this is getting more common out there. was it later in the day??

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    I usually ride around 5-6pm, so yeah.

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    Thought so. The evening is when they come out. Gets cooler and they come out to sun,eat.

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    A month or so ago, we were doing our Tuesday night ride and ran into a big rattlesnake blasting down Cowbone. It was across the trail at the base of the first real rocky downhill. The leader ran over it and about 4 of us rode by it right afterwards. Luckily, none of us got bitten. The pic is of the snake after it slithered off the trail into the grass.
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    Don't they know they are only allowed on Rattle Snake Ridge!

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    Here in Tallahassee the city built a $3 million turtle crossing. Here's an article about it. I think the snakes could use a crossing too.

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    I hate snakes. Our encounters with moccasins never excite me, well yes they do but not in a good way.

    I'm sure a rattlesnake would get similar results.

    They were here before we rode these places, but I still don't like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMK View Post
    I hate snakes. Our encounters with moccasins never excite me, well yes they do but not in a good way.

    I'm sure a rattlesnake would get similar results.

    They were here before we rode these places, but I still don't like them.

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    I agree. I kept thinking how bad things could have been being the 4th person to go by the snake after it had been run over. Luckily we were cruising and all I saw was a blur on the ground. Both of the snakes in the picture are huge and would do some massive damage if they were to bite someone.

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    My friend almost ran one over at flamingo a few months back, he was with his 10 yrs old son, luckily he saw it in time. those things scare the living crap outta me!

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    This is the snake we nearly ran over.


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    I don't mind snakes at all, but its the poisonous ones that annoy me....
    And why do they have to lay on the trail. Go into the woods!!!!!!

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    The creepy thing? Those are actually on the smaller side of the standard Eastern Diamondback
    Bark less, wag more

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    About 6 weeks ago a 14YO boy in Stuart FL was bit.....22 viles of anti-venom saved him
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    I almost ran over a coral snake on Speedway a few months back. Wish I would have taken a picture.

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    i still skip that short section of the vortex. wish you had never sent me that pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorhead0320 View Post
    i still skip that short section of the vortex. wish you had never sent me that pic.
    haha, Ive been through there several times now with no sighting, not to say Im not extremely cautious going through there still!

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    man I've been riding santos for a long time and have never seen a rattler there, I did jump over a black racer on Dr. Ruth a few evenings ago though!

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