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    You know the routine... share your encounters as they occur.
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    no thank you! I am still enjoying my winter wihtout the fear of being struck by a rattler, but I tell you last weeks warm wheather had me thinking about them.....

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    Collided with a big king Saturday evening. Scared me, fast section and no where to go but over him. Second sighting last week. Several other Rattler encounters by friends lat week at Hawes. They are out early this year

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    I watched the SOTU speech last night. Whole room full of vipers. Does that count?
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    A killer Chiweenie in Durango last weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old ROMPer View Post
    Collided with a big king Saturday evening. Scared me, fast section and no where to go but over him. Second sighting last week. Several other Rattler encounters by friends lat week at Hawes. They are out early this year
    Jesus...rode Hawes in November. Never considered running into a rattler. From KC so not exactly in tune with that kind of stuff. What time of year/temps are they out??

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    Quote Originally Posted by escrowdog View Post
    Jesus...rode Hawes in November. Never considered running into a rattler. From KC so not exactly in tune with that kind of stuff. What time of year/temps are they out??
    It all depends on air temps. I've seen them active (sluggish) in days temps around 60 degrees. We had an early warm up in January so they are likely finished with hibernation.
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    Pics or it didn't happen...

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    rattlers are out......oh farts.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Driverfound337 View Post
    rattlers are out......oh farts.....
    And the rattlers are saying, "humans are out.....oh farts....".
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    Quote Originally Posted by broncbuster View Post
    Pics or it didn't happen...
    Agreed.
    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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    Pics or it didn't happen...


    Dec 12 2018 Sonoran north south connector. He was alive and very pissed at my buddy.

    We saw a large one a couple of weeks ago on one of those 70 degree days.



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    Apache Wash Trailhead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ynnek View Post
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    Apache Wash Trailhead.
    Sooo...you guys carry snake bite kit of some kind???

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    Quote Originally Posted by escrowdog View Post
    Sooo...you guys carry snake bite kit of some kind???
    Good question. I personally don't, mostly because my research has shown they are ineffective. However, you bring up a good point. On the slim chance you do get bit, what is the best protocol? Let's say you are five miles in on a solo ride and get bit, do you try and ride back to the trailhead or call 911 and follow their instructions?
    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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    Snake bite kits don't work, don't bother wasting your money. If you avoid the snakes, they will avoid you. You are more likely to be struck by lightning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by escrowdog View Post
    Sooo...you guys carry snake bite kit of some kind???
    I carry this one:

    https://www.rei.com/product/407144/s...actor-pump-kit

    I just read the reviews, and one of them says that suction is ineffective and not recommended for snake bites. Here's what another review says:

    Medically speaking there is no way this product could work. The second the venom is in your blood stream and your heart pumps the venom is moving through your vasculature and can not be extracted. Medical care is really your only answer.
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    If you avoid the snakes, they will avoid you.
    If only that were true. I heard that the Ranger at McDowell was inside the turtle enclosure at the Visitor's center and got struck by a rattler on the hand, and that she's having lasting health problems.

    And from: Out Alive: Survive a Rattlesnake Bite

    There are only a few North American species that could deliver such a dangerous bite—either a Southern Pacific or a Mojave Green rattlesnake......the paramedics didn’t even realize what a severe bite I’d received until they had to resuscitate me en route to the emergency room. I’d stopped breathing as my lungs succumbed to the toxins attacking them. Thankfully, the hospital was only six miles away. Within an hour of my bite, doctors administered the first of 116 vials of antivenin that would ultimately save my life.

    Over the next three weeks, I stayed in the ICU, tortured by the snake-like hissing sound of the respirator and recovering from massive swelling and organ failure caused by the venom double-whammy. If it hadn’t been for my proximity to the hospital and my healthy heart—thanks in part to those regular canyon hikes—I wouldn’t have made it.
    I posted a picture of a rattler that I almost ran over out at McDowell, and a snake expert on this forum identified it as a Mojave Green. Gulp.

    Anyone carry a bee bonnet?

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    Accidents happen. ANY cornered animal is going to defend itself. I have friends who have stepped on rattlers when they are out dumping the trash. Accidents happen.

    Out on the trail, use common sense. Always keep a sharp eye on your surroundings. Always listen (put the damned music ear buds away!). Don't place your hand or foot near any structure (rock, bush,..) that you do not have a clear view of.

    And for Gods sake, do not think even for a minute that a snake would prefer to bite you and that it is seeking you out. If you believe that, you've been reading too much Bible. A snake (or any wild animal) would much rather get away from you than have to defend itself. They truly are more scared of us than we are of them.
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    The one time I don't bring my phone, I see a gila monster just slowly walking on 2Doo at Gold Canyon.

    On the plus side, I did clean the blue stairs on my SS - so there's that...

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    Saw this guy on the Dixie Mountain Loop over the weekend.

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    Found this fella dead under these rocks on TRW at hawes, spooked me when I passed and when I went back I noticed it was not moving, some sort of sick joke to leave it there dead or they did not want to wait around for it to die? Smashed head, guts coming out of two spots. I moved it off the trail, was bound to drive some snowbird into a bush or cacti of thorns
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    Saw this little guy at Deem hills today.
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    West Wing Mountain...

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    ^ Sonoran Patch Nosed Snake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawgzilla View Post
    ^ Sonoran Patch Nosed Snake
    Sounds right looking at the search pics of that. I saw this one last year, was thinking it's coach whip?!

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    I cant see enough of the pattern or the head to be sure.

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    Saw this on Sunday afternoon. There's some foliage out here after a good rainy season so I stopped within about six feet of him. He didn't care at all.

    Not a great pick, but you get the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfinator View Post
    Saw this on Sunday afternoon. There's some foliage out here after a good rainy season so I stopped within about six feet of him. He didn't care at all.

    Not a great pick, but you get the point.

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    Looks to be up to the mark... big sucker coon's tail maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfinator View Post
    Saw this on Sunday afternoon. There's some foliage out here after a good rainy season so I stopped within about six feet of him. He didn't care at all.

    Not a great pick, but you get the point.

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    I think that this one is most likely a Mojave Rattlesnake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawgzilla View Post
    I think that this one is most likely a Mojave Rattlesnake.
    Southern Pacific. We don't have mojaves

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfinator View Post
    Southern Pacific. We don't have mojaves

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    Oh, I thought you were posting a pic from an encounter in AZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawgzilla View Post
    Oh, I thought you were posting a pic from an encounter in AZ.
    Ah, I didn't even realize I was in a regional forum.

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    I almost ran over this guy stretched out across the trail at Gold Canyon .

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    We sent him on his way home post photo op

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfinator View Post
    Ah, I didn't even realize I was in a regional forum.

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    I think there is a non-regional reptile thread somewhere but I haven't seen it lately. Meanwhile, I've been making do with this one as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I think there is a non-regional reptile thread somewhere but I haven't seen it lately. Meanwhile, I've been making do with this one as well.



    This one?

    https://forums.mtbr.com/riding-passi...ighlight=snake
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    Quote Originally Posted by life behind bars View Post
    I thought there was a "reptile encounters" but this one will do:

    https://forums.mtbr.com/off-camber-o...d-1078992.html
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