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    2018 Reptile Encounters

    Saw this pissy fella out at GC yesterday. My goal is to meet less rattlers this year than last.

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    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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    This guy was out the middle of November last year. Pretty late for snakes so I'm counting it..

    Apache Wash.

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    Saw two in the last 3 days at PSP north/south. One guy was super pissy!
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    was out at apache wash and there was a couple trying to wrangle a rattler out from under their car. decent size too.
    Dont make me go all Jonathan Winters on this gas station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azimiut View Post
    was out at apache wash and there was a couple trying to wrangle a rattler out from under their car. decent size too.
    I see them regularly in Boulder County Colorado..... like at least 1x/wk.... sometimes itís a rattlesnake, sometimes itís a bull snake.


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    Saw a four foot rattler in Page three days ago. It was 50 degrees out, it wasn't moving fast...
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    A friend of mine said he saw two rattlers yesterday in Sedona. Today we ran across this one sitting on the trail. He moved off about 3' off the trail so I could get this picture of him. My friend says it is a northern black tail.
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    This guy was checking out the new trails in P/D

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    March 14th at Browns Ranch we can across 2 hikers that pointed out a Western Diamondback about 6í off the trail and looked to be 5-6í long. I do have a pic but unable to paste. I moved to Chandler 3 months ago from Detroit and this is my 1st one seen in person in the wild.

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    Great, So now we have to look up & down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtrider127 View Post
    Great, So now we have to look up & down?
    It climbed up the tree to get away from me while I was passing by... just a coachwhip I think

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    Been a pretty slow year for snake sightings for me so far. Although the weather/season is probably gonna be changing that soon.

    I lost count of how many snakes I came across last year. This year, I'm having a hard time recalling more than a few.

    Almost ran over a small snake in Brown's Ranch yesterday. No idea what type it was, but it was small, and was nearly off trail by the time I passed it (and it wasn't rattling or trying to murder me, so I'm cool with that.)

    August 9th this guy was laying across the trail in Phx Mtn Preserve. Not even sure what it is, but not aggressive/venomous, so less pant-shitting for me.
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    Then of course this evil bastard August 24th, in almost the same spot at PMP. Interestingly, it either lost its rattle, or never had one. I didn't try to get close enough to tell if it was a battle wound or genetic anomaly. Wasn't the least bit aggressive though, so another bonus I suppose.
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    Oh, and one other further down t100 (tatum stretch) that i damn near ran over. Snapped this before he slithered away. He was visibly pissed and rattling away too. May 17th.
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    And my facebook feed just keeps giving... one more on the big downhill between conversation point and the dreamy draw lot. This one was also quite noisy. I actually didn't see it (he was just off trail) until he rattled and scared the shit outta me. Stopped a few feet past it to snap some pics. April 27th.
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    Dammit. Dunno if it was this thread, or the local news showing off some snakes yesterday morning and reminding folks that now is the season for high snake activity, but I was damn near freaking out last night riding in PMP. Normally I barely even think about them, but after flying past a big one on the T100 downhill to Tatum, the never-ending game of 'stick or snake' was enough to make me cut my ride shorter than usual.

    Damn danger-noodles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thoreau View Post
    Dammit. Dunno if it was this thread, or the local news showing off some snakes yesterday morning and reminding folks that now is the season for high snake activity, but I was damn near freaking out last night riding in PMP. Normally I barely even think about them, but after flying past a big one on the T100 downhill to Tatum, the never-ending game of 'stick or snake' was enough to make me cut my ride shorter than usual.

    Damn danger-noodles!
    I hate that game but at least at night their shadow from the angle your light is shining from makes them easier to spot than in the day I think...

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    About a year ago i was riding on trail 100 in the area behind the point hotel about mid afternoon in september when i looked down and noticed a black and red bracelet on the trail. I stopped because i don't like it when people leave trash behind so i was about to pick the "bracelet" up when it began to move and then i quickly realized it was a baby coral snake from it's black on yellow kill a fellow ring pattern . I jumped back on my bike and within about 2 feet from where i had my feet planted on the ground was the momma hiding in the nearby bush right next to the trail , man did i freak out and jumped on the bike and left , gotta be careful when riding here in the desert at all times.

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    mini toad

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    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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    My tires came within 6" or so of this fella's snout. Got the adrenaline pumping when I realized it wasn't a log!! He was about 6-7' long.
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    This was during the Tally Tango 160 last weekend in the St. Marks NWR south of Tallahassee, FL.
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    Few more to add...

    This guy was lying across the trail in Prescott on 09/29:
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    Phx mtn preserve on 09/20:
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    Brown's Ranch 09/08:
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    And while not reptiles, a couple cool 8-legged creeps.

    Brown's Ranch 09/01:
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    Brown's Ranch 10/14:
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    Quote Originally Posted by schillingsworth View Post
    My tires came within 6" or so of this fella's snout. Got the adrenaline pumping when I realized it wasn't a log!! He was about 6-7' long.
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    This was during the Tally Tango 160 last weekend in the St. Marks NWR south of Tallahassee, FL.
    Perhaps the pinnacle of reptile encounters?
    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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    I wonder if Stans ever tested their sealing capability if a tire got bit by an alligator...

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    Friends in Tucson have seen at least 3 Gila Monsters this year, including back to back sightings over the course of a weekend.
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