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Re: It's snake time!

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I would venture to say our encounters this year with the rattler will be quite a bite higher than the last couple of years or so. We have the Cicaddies (unsure of spelling) population that will increase the mice population and up the food chain. We all need to tread lightly when in the bush.

Posted on: 2013/6/13 8:16
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Re: It's snake time!

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I grew up in snake country in central and north central PA. All kinds of 'em, rattlesnakes and copperheads included. I learned to fish and hunt with my dad and spent many, many hours in the woods and on streams with him. The one thing he pounded into my head was to always, ALWAYS watch where you put your hands and feet. That has served me quite well over the years. While I've not encountered a whole lot of rattlesnakes and copperheads, the ones I have seen in the woods or on a stream were ones I saw far enough in advance to avoid precisely because I'm scrupulous in following dad's dictum.

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^ Amen to that. I was also always taught to watch where you step. Never saw many in the wild though. Had a banner day maybe a decade ago at lehigh gorge on the glen onoko falls trail. We had cut off the trail and bushwacked up the cliff band on the opposite side of the creek. Stumbled on 3 seperate dens of rattlers and almost stepped on a copperhead on our way back down. By almost I mean he made a false strike as I stepped toward him and missed my foot by about 18 inches.

Saying these encounters will heighten your senses for the day would be a large understatement IMO. I think I was on edge and had snakes on the brain for weeks afterward ha.

Posted on: 2013/6/13 11:26


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I almost stepped on a Rattler along Slate Run about 10 years ago. I have been very cautious ever since that happened. I definitely think once you have an encounter with one it will increase your awareness of them. I never saw one since, at least that I know of.

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^ Amen to that. I was also always taught to watch where you step. Never saw many in the wild though. Had a banner day maybe a decade ago at lehigh gorge on the glen onoko falls trail. We had cut off the trail and bushwacked up the cliff band on the opposite side of the creek. Stumbled on 3 seperate dens of rattlers and almost stepped on a copperhead on our way back down. By almost I mean he made a false strike as I stepped toward him and missed my foot by about 18 inches.

Saying these encounters will heighten your senses for the day would be a large understatement IMO. I think I was on edge and had snakes on the brain for weeks afterward ha.



I often feel like Indiana Jones when Im in the Gorge, those boulder fields are holding many hibernaculums the whole way up to FEW. Im not going to let ticks and snakes stop me from going out though, they will have to take me out to stop me.

The Gorge trail would be a good place to put out venomous snake reporting cards, or even just have a website put up for reporting sightings. The walking trail sees thousands of people a year, and we could all collect valuable data.

Posted on: 2013/6/13 18:16


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Keep in mind right after shedding their rattle is so soft you can barely hear it.

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Welcome back, pete.

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Re: It's snake time!

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Pete sighting >>>>> any snake sighting.

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pete41 wrote:
Keep in mind right after shedding their rattle is so soft you can barely hear it.


Did your rattle turn soft? Is that why you haven't been on here?

Welcome back.

Posted on: 2013/6/14 6:56



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