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Old 07-18-2018, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rattle Snakes

Lots of snake activity on and near the trail this year!! More then usual!! Be careful
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Old 07-19-2018, 01:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lots of frogs & mice this year too. Bringing in the snakes. Big ones.
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just got off 4 days on the trail and the only wildlife I saw at all was one deer at the springs camp site. I was on the lookout for snakes and thankfully didn't see any!
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We had a big group hanging out at Buck from Thurs evening to Sunday morning and no one saw any rattlers. I saw a couple frogs on my way in Thurs evening but that was about it. I heard the weekend before someone got bit up by Rockbound and had to get helicoptered out but thats all I know.
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Not the Rubicon but kinda near by at Hell Hole last weekend...
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Thumbs up Hell Hole

Just wondering how's the trail going down, and back up. Been a few years since doing it. Is the lake down?
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Trail is harder than I remember but no issues on the climb out. Lake is about 40 feet down as they are working on the dam.
11 pines is still closed so only access is via French Meadows.
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Thanks. Thinking about getting up there before winter. Always a fun short trail. Just takes awhile to get there, but worth it. Cheers.
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We had a big group hanging out at Buck from Thurs evening to Sunday morning and no one saw any rattlers. I saw a couple frogs on my way in Thurs evening but that was about it. I heard the weekend before someone got bit up by Rockbound and had to get helicoptered out but thats all I know.
I was at Buck Saturday morning 7/14 when the guy got bit, I was told it happened near the shitter. Helicopter landed below the dam and scooped him up.
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I was also there that weekend with the family for 5 days. We saw 4 snakes, big and small. The scariest was a little guy hiding under a rock in the river to rockbound. Watch your step!
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We saw three rattlesnakes at buck last month, one was under a tent.
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We saw three rattlesnakes at buck last month, one was under a tent.
Finding the snake under my tent would make me shit my pants I think, snake cuddles anyone?
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Finding the snake under my tent would make me shit my pants I think, snake cuddles anyone?
Seeing three in one morning was a little much.

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Nothing like sitting in one of the old Sid Builts and have a rattler head stick up out of the floor. You are coming out with your pants down!!!

Tarantulas in the tent will make you keep them zipped!!!!!!! (Loon Lake)
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I've seen em on the trail and around the river, not so many rattlers at river as others and have just watched em meander off. However, I have never had them in camp, curious as to the groups response ? how do you watch around camp all the time with kids running around ? that would freak me out, seems like it would be a weekend of constant snake watch, I have been leary of snakes at DD since the rodent population flared up a couple years ago but thankfully have not had any cruise into camp.
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King snake introduction anyone?
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I'm pretty shocked in our group of 15 trucks and even more people, no one saw any snakes at Buck. Dogs were running around all over the place too without issue.
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In 39 years on the Rubicon, I've only seen a rattlesnake 2 times.

1) September 5, 2004. A little guy about 2 ft long nearly bit my boot (He tried but his strike was about 6" long) as I got on my ATV at the hairpin at Cadillac.


2) August 17, 2017. While hiking on the RTF property, my girlfriend ran into a big fat 5-6 footer. He rattled and continued on his way. She did the mexican hat dance back to me, and formally asked me to lead. God I wish I had that on video.

I got photos of both. The one near the rock, was #2.
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Was pic 1 & 2 at DD ?
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i shouldn't have read all this now im going to be freaking out the whole time im at MCR...
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i shouldn't have read all this now im going to be freaking out the whole time im at MCR...
The adults can be pretty harmless, damn near stepped on one the size of the one in pic #1 above in my orchard,a few yrs ago, as my right foot came down I seen the coiled rattle snake under the bush, my foot landed 2" from its head, it didn't rattle at all, nor strike.

About 6 weeks ago, I walked into my barn, grabbed some hay just inside the door, turned around and there was one that had to be 4-5'long, halfway across the opening, either I stepped right over it, or it was on its way out from under the hay as I entered, s I didn't see it until I turned to leave the barn. I think we were both thinking "Fuck did that just happen", took a step back and it did a 180 back into the hole it came out of, never rattled.

The adults seem to be well aware of what you are and respond accordingly, usually don't kill them when I come across them on my property, it is the ones under 2yrs old that seem to be trigger happy jittery fuckers, those I kill if I find them near the house or where I am likely to get bit by one. I used to have a couple large king snakes that used to keep the population down, guess they died off.
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The rattles are something aren't they, nowhere near the sound the TV shows and movies make them out to be.
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Was pic 1 & 2 at DD ?
I must be ignorant. I don't know what DD is.

Picture 1 and 2 are from the stories of my 2 rattlesnake incidents over 39 years. Pic 1 is 2004 when camera photos were always right side up.....pic 2017, when iPhones became more advanced and suddenly upside down was much better.
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The adults can be pretty harmless, damn near stepped on one the size of the one in pic #1 above in my orchard,a few yrs ago, as my right foot came down I seen the coiled rattle snake under the bush, my foot landed 2" from its head, it didn't rattle at all, nor strike.

About 6 weeks ago, I walked into my barn, grabbed some hay just inside the door, turned around and there was one that had to be 4-5'long, halfway across the opening, either I stepped right over it, or it was on its way out from under the hay as I entered, s I didn't see it until I turned to leave the barn. I think we were both thinking "Fuck did that just happen", took a step back and it did a 180 back into the hole it came out of, never rattled.

The adults seem to be well aware of what you are and respond accordingly, usually don't kill them when I come across them on my property, it is the ones under 2yrs old that seem to be trigger happy jittery fuckers, those I kill if I find them near the house or where I am likely to get bit by one. I used to have a couple large king snakes that used to keep the population down, guess they died off.
Yep. Live in East County San Diego and come across them all the time. Adults are usually pretty chill, and only dispatch if they're close to the house itself.

I've been bit by a baby in my garage. Was putting a ladder away with flip flops on. Stepped near it and got bit for my troubles. 2 days in the ICU, a gigantically swollen foot, and 15 vials of antivenin later (only $10k/per billed to my insurance) and I was fine. Took a week before I could walk without a limp again, but no long term problems.
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