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Postby kraft » Sun May 22, 2011 9:25 am

Tis the season. Came across 4-5 footer at Michaux yesterday. It was beautiful (yellow phase). Gave the ride that extra bonus that made it a special ride. With that said I stongly urge that you do not let the precense of these wonderful animals stop you from riding the big forests of PA. Here is a quote from the PA Dept of Nat. Resources concerning the timber rattle snake (this is the one you will encounter in PA).

"In the rare event of a snakebite:

There have been no deaths in Pennsylvania attributable to timber rattlesnake bites for at least the past 25 years."

The timber rattle snake is endangered in almost every state except PA. So consider it a privilege when you do see one when riding. Stop and watch it for a while. Give it plenty of space then let it be and enjoy the rest of your ride. If you have the urge to kill or harm one of these snakes please do us all a favor and do not even attempt to ride in the forests where these snakes inhabit.
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Re: rattle snakes

Postby ScottyB » Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:45 pm

Saw this bad boy today laying in the middle of the trail on RC. About 4' long, pretty chill snake. Not sure what type it is.. All black with yellow on the jaw.
I thought maybe a northern ringneck, but obviously no ring. Anyone have an idea?

Saw it in plenty of time to stop and let it pass, keep an eye out!
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Re: rattle snakes

Postby Sandie » Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:19 pm

I've named that bad boy Harvey Danger and he SCARES me. I'm very grateful for the Broken Arrow trail. If I take that down to Rusted and make a right I can avoid the area on the trail where he lives. I'll revisit the full Rusted trail in the fall when Harvey is hibernating.
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Re: rattle snakes

Postby Glancing Aft » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:52 am

Sandie,
Not sure if you've seen him but Harvey has a slightly smaller cousin who lives on Sue's trail, so keep an eye out there ;) Pretty soon you and Alyssa are going to have like 1 trail safe to ride at the ridge
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Re: rattle snakes

Postby ScottyB » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:14 pm

Also saw a snake just like this but about half the size on 9.
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Re: rattle snakes

Postby ScottyB » Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:37 pm

Saw Harvey's cousin today! lol

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Re: rattle snakes

Postby kraft » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:26 am

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Re: rattle snakes

Postby jim-s » Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:51 am

The big black one looks like a rat snake - they get big but are harmless. The other - a water snake? I was a big one of those along Redman dining on a bullfrog this spring.
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