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2007/7/3 21:22
Posts: 244
Fished Valley Creek today and was having fun in this hole until this local resident came out to sun himself.

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Posted on: 2013/5/27 19:54

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2011/3/14 20:57
From Berwyn, PA
Posts: 36
Saw one of those guys at valley 2 weeks ago fishing Valley. The snake I saw was slithering on the surface of the water toward me. Wonder how many innocent bystanders heard me scream like a girl?!

Posted on: 2013/5/27 20:30

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2010/2/15 19:09
From Ohio
Posts: 800
What kind of snake is that? Copper Head? I can't really tell from the pic.

Posted on: 2013/5/27 21:20

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2010/8/24 20:13
From Bucks County
Posts: 302
Probably a water snake. They are everywhere along Valley.

Posted on: 2013/5/27 22:51

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2012/9/29 20:57
From Newark, DE
Posts: 19
Saw his buddy on Valley as well. He minded his business and I minded mine, from the far bank. Looked like a regular, albeit fat water snake from the small head.
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Posted on: 2013/5/27 22:54

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2012/3/14 23:03
Posts: 308
Wonder why they are so huge.....wild browns must be like snake protein shake

Posted on: 2013/5/27 23:37

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2012/1/13 15:28
From Ferguson Twp.
Posts: 2845
Nice pics of snakes, shame about that ones bed though. You hate to see it.

Posted on: 2013/5/28 6:13
There is a need to fish, to be in the water. It soothes the soul...

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2007/7/3 21:22
Posts: 244
The one I saw on the log is definitely a northern water snake. It's clear from the higher quality non downsized photos and video I took. A couple of her(?) offspring joined her on the log.

Posted on: 2013/5/28 10:20

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2013/5/22 13:00
From Shipp
Posts: 46
Speaking of "guests"; I was at the lake killing some time and trying out my spiffy new 5 weight with some sunnies on the fly...

sunny on fly

Then I met this gal who considered me an unwanted guest...

mean goose

...I tried to give her plenty of room, but she wanted me gone and flew at my face with her big old feet aimed at my face...

mean goose2

My brand new rod was the loser. :(

Posted on: 2013/5/28 10:38

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2013/4/23 19:39
Posts: 394
I just read the rattler thread then this. I was kind of like "Oh, a snake...cute". Until I saw that killer goose! Now there is something to be afraid of. In my experience snakes will run if you live them a place to go. Geese can be downright aggressive.

Posted on: 2013/5/28 11:16

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2007/5/21 20:17
From reading/susq. co. native
Posts: 38
I'm much more afraid of agitated geese than the snakes. I had a run in with a nesting Canadian goose a few years ago on the bear creek dhalo section. Not only was she protecting her brood but she was guarding a really nice run and pool. My rod bore the brunt of that encounter also. The banks were about head height and she came straight off the bank at me. Easily my scariest situation while fishing.

Posted on: 2013/5/28 11:34

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2008/1/31 17:19
From Pretty much everywhere at some point, Thorndale today.
Posts: 14708
That first snake looks too big, it's likely a standard northern water snake, unless my sense of perspective is all messed up. But Valley Creek is just polluted with Queen Snakes. They are fairly rare in PA so not many are all that familiar with them. Solid color on the back, stripes on the sides. If you get a look at the belly, it is striped. They often perch on streamside vegetation and drop to the ground or water when someone approaches. Crayfish eaters.

Posted on: 2013/5/28 11:50

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2011/7/6 13:48
From Philadelphia PA
Posts: 2135
If you corner any thing it will fight back. Exception are geese and rabbied animals - geese just don't like us humans especially when they have babies around. It's almost like they don't need a reason. I have not experienced being attacked, thank God.

Was fishing at Nesh a couple of years ago, came up and started casting only to be hissed at. I looked down (between my legs) and there was this very large PA Brown snake fishing as well. Sure am happy it was not a rattlesnake. I would have gotten punctured for sure.

Also, a few years back some folks had caught an alligator at one of the creeks. I believe it was the same people who turned it loose then felt guilty and went and retrieved it.

Posted on: 2013/5/28 12:17
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