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    I saw a couple on the trail on the last ride so it is time. They are out.

    I would be very careful about taking breaks on the trail and sitting on rock outcroppings. They might be sunning themselves right there.
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    Just read an article in Outside about a girl who was bitten on the foot by a rattler. Hospital bill $150,000.

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    Gopher snake

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Just read an article in Outside about a girl who was bitten on the foot by a rattler. Hospital bill $150,000.
    Yup. But that's another issue. The state of care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Yup. But that's another issue. The state of care.
    I work at a hospital and can confirm. In CA a rattlesnake bite will cost you $100s of thousands of dollars. If you know how they make Antivenon you will kind of see why a dose cost $50K+ and you'll need multiple doses depending on variables.

    Don't mess with snakes, especially if you make decent money and have no insurance.

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    Saw a 4 foot adult rattler in Lime Ridge last weekend. Was a hot day so was focused on watching the trail but still didn't see it until I was 5 feet away from it and barely had time to get to the other side of the fire road to pass it.

    It was very angry and coiled up quickly and shook its tail. Definitely made the rest of the ride a bit stressful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantastic79 View Post
    I work at a hospital and can confirm. In CA a rattlesnake bite will cost you $100s of thousands of dollars. If you know how they make Antivenon you will kind of see why a dose cost $50K+ and you'll need multiple doses depending on variables.

    Don't mess with snakes, especially if you make decent money and have no insurance.
    Not to derail the conversation, but the dose cost about $3k. The hospital charges $35K+ per dose.
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    From last year, these guys had no shame, getting it on in the middle of Marsh Trail in Annadel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bneall View Post
    From last year, these guys had no shame, getting it on in the middle of Marsh Trail in Annadel.

    There we go! Back on topic with a couple snakes bangin.
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    I have had it with these ************ snakes on these ************* trails!!!!

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    I thought the theme of this topic was being careful around snakes? Weíve gone from hospital bills to snake sex. Whatís next, snakes on planes? Oh that reminds me.....

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    Baby Rattler Livermore, CA Sycamore Grove 4/30 @10:30am


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    Rattlesnake at Arastradero a couple of weeks back.
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    Photo Assignment: snakes on the trail-b8c4c42f-b088-4bbe-bd27-bdca80671776.jpgSeaside Sunday sunbathing beauty

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    I hate snakes.
    Probably the only animal that lives in the US that Iím irrationally afraid of.

    Coincidence that I always hum or whistle the Indiana Jones theme song... (If youíve even ridden with me once, youíll probably know this. I havenít watched that movie in many many years, I have no idea why, but it always comes out when climbing).

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    Eastern Kingsnake at Waterdog today. No photo as it was already in the grass by the time I was off the bike. Surprisingly beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SikeMo View Post
    Eastern Kingsnake at Waterdog today. No photo as it was already in the grass by the time I was off the bike. Surprisingly beautiful.
    Rattlesnake eater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Rattlesnake eater.
    That's what I read. Seemed much less threatening than a rattler, so kind of cool.

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    Friday evening on a local gravel ride. Western kingsnake - also a rattler eater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yahooo View Post
    Friday evening on a local gravel ride. Western kingsnake - also a rattler eater.
    You're a braver man than I. I suppose mine must've been a Western too. Eastern is just what came up in my description based Google search.

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    Snakes and spiders creep me the hell out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SikeMo View Post
    You're a braver man than I. I suppose mine must've been a Western too. Eastern is just what came up in my description based Google search.
    I donít mind snakes, they just look evil.

    I didnít touch these though- from a mtn biking trip to AZ in March:

    Mohave rattler that my buddy had just run over accidentally and a Gila monster in the grass (it hissed at me!):
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Just read an article in Outside about a girl who was bitten on the foot by a rattler. Hospital bill $150,000.
    It was a copperhead, not a rattler. Copperheads are mean and will aggressively attack you. Rattlers tend to want to be left alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    I hate snakes.
    Probably the only animal that lives in the US that Iím irrationally afraid of.

    Coincidence that I always hum or whistle the Indiana Jones theme song... (If youíve even ridden with me once, youíll probably know this. I havenít watched that movie in many many years, I have no idea why, but it always comes out when climbing).
    Don't come to Colorado then. They're all over the place here. People here get really squirrelly about snakes too. 303 Trail monitor on Facebook might as well be 303 Snek Monitor.

    I thought it would bother me, but I tend to trail ride at higher altitudes where moose and bears are more of a concern than snakes, and I'm less likely to step on those.
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    A couple weeks ago on the El Dorado Trail. He was all stretched out when I almost ran him over. Went skidding within a couple feet and it coiled up and let me know he was there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SikeMo View Post
    Eastern Kingsnake at Waterdog today. No photo as it was already in the grass by the time I was off the bike. Surprisingly beautiful.
    Last week there was a nice size rattler on the first turn out of carlmont lot climbing up from the left, it got out of the way but I got way closer than I would have liked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stripes View Post
    Don't come to Colorado then. They're all over the place here. People here get really squirrelly about snakes too. 303 Trail monitor on Facebook might as well be 303 Snek Monitor.

    I thought it would bother me, but I tend to trail ride at higher altitudes where moose and bears are more of a concern than snakes, and I'm less likely to step on those.
    I live up against the hills and have snakes in my backyard. When I was a kid a large snake dropped out of a tree in my backyard and landed at my feet. I almost died that day.

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    Lake Ilsanyo Annadel

    Healthy buggah. Moved him off side of trail.
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    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Sorry...but someone had to do it:

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Healthy buggah. Moved him off side of trail.
    California King, a healthy one at that. Thanks for helping him along.

    Sucks when people kill snakes. Any snake, unless itís venomous and in your neighborhood. Iíd still rather see a capture and relocate though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    California King, a healthy one at that. Thanks for helping him along.

    Sucks when people kill snakes. Any snake, unless itís venomous and in your neighborhood. Iíd still rather see a capture and relocate though.
    Yeup. I'm a "snake whisperer" of the non-venom type! Had one of these guys (I'll consider my pet) up at my Grammas house as a kid. Was up there pretty much every other weekend and could count on seeing it one of the days. But I have been known to play around shuffling the ones with rattles off trail periodically too....
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Yeup. I'm a "snake whisperer" of the non-venom type! Had one of these guys (I'll consider my pet) up at my Grammas house as a kid. Was up there pretty much every other weekend and could count on seeing it one of the days. But I have been known to play around shuffling the ones with rattles off trail periodically too....
    Same with me. Always have been a snake whisperer. Facinated as a kid I caught many. Still do on occasion but release them right away. I had several as pets when I was a kid. As a young adult I had a pet rattlesnake. Pretty funny stories when people realized what was in the 10 gallon aquarium at the end of the couch. Three young guys living in a party house. Many women freaking out when the snake coiled, rattled then struck the glass, venom running down. Caught as a baby we had him for two years, he grew to 3í then was released.
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    Gopher snake I think. Decent size.


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    Correct, and heís missing his tail.
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    Personally, I find spiders to be far more creepy than snakes. But they're all god's critters in the end.

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    Baby rattler on my trail run couple days ago.


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    Caught this long boi backing out of a hole in Belmont today. I know nothing about snakes so I just turned my ass around after we locked eyes.

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    Baby rattler this afternoon at MontaŮa De Oro. Saw him as I rode up a fire road, then noticed his head and rattle as I rode past. Just chilling til I got off to take a picture.

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    Henry Coe, Jim Donnelly trail. At the last rock crop right before the top. Couple weeks ago.

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    Man, Iím jealous. NorCal is very snaky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomikazi View Post
    Henry Coe, Jim Donnelly trail. At the last rock crop right before the top. Couple weeks ago.

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    That is a damn beast. No thanks.

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    bad encounter with a rattler

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    Did he survive?
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    Wow,fc, your dog, too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Did he survive?
    My friend iamku's dog:

    "by the time I got home from work, it had been nearly 36 hours since someone saw him. The vet said his bite was over 12 hours old. Basically, he got lucky it didnít hit a vessel or his eye. And lucky on the amount of venom he got. After getting to emergency vet and blood work, they said the venom was all gone/used up. So he didnít get any antivenom. Just pain meds and antibiotics."

    The ride photo is after the snakebite. 15 miles at Calero and did well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    Sorry...but someone had to do it:

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    There are no snakes in NZ....... Just saying.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by plummet View Post
    There are no snakes in NZ....... Just saying.....
    You don't know what yer missing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomikazi View Post
    Henry Coe, Jim Donnelly trail. At the last rock crop right before the top. Couple weeks ago.

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    Damn... looks like around 14 segments on that tail. Big old fella!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    Damn... looks like around 14 segments on that tail. Big old fella!
    That snake must have it all figured out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    My friend iamku's dog:

    "by the time I got home from work, it had been nearly 36 hours since someone saw him. The vet said his bite was over 12 hours old. Basically, he got lucky it didnít hit a vessel or his eye. And lucky on the amount of venom he got. After getting to emergency vet and blood work, they said the venom was all gone/used up. So he didnít get any antivenom. Just pain meds and antibiotics."

    The ride photo is after the snakebite. 15 miles at Calero and did well.

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    Good to hear he made it through, many donít.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    Damn... looks like around 14 segments on that tail. Big old fella!
    Yep, probably sired every other rattler in the area.
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    Snakes on the trail are better than this......

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