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Jul 17, 2013
I don't wish them any ill will but I'd rather not be around them. Especially coppermouth rattle-moccasins! We see at least 1 snake every trip to Sinks. Always heightens our awareness of rocks and grasses on the trail. And sometimes influences where we are prepared to climb or go. E Johnson
From Boulder, CO
Joined May 8, 2006
5 points
Jul 17, 2013
Add "no risk of snake encounter" to the growing list of reasons I prefer ice climbing and ski mountaineering to rock climbing. Matt Wolski
From Salt Lake City
Joined May 29, 2002
30 points
Jul 18, 2013
I saw this little guy (I'd guess less than a foot long) today in Deer Creek Canyon. Cute little baby rattlesnake.

Rock Climbing Photo: Baby rattlesnake at the Urban Alpine Crag.
Baby rattlesnake at the Urban Alpine Crag.
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Joined Dec 16, 2012
283 points
Aug 4, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Timber Rattlesnake, Ralston PA  On the way to Rock...
Timber Rattlesnake, Ralston PA On the way to Rock Run!
Justin Compton
From Lafayette, CO
Joined Jul 30, 2009
690 points
Aug 4, 2013
Actually that is a timber, not an eastern diamondback.... a much nicer find imo.

For what it is worth, the antivenom treatment for rattlers (mostly for those who decide they need to screw with them) is changing & should be much better in the very near future.
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
0 points
Aug 5, 2013
Pretty hard to mistake an Eastern Diamondback.

From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
1,635 points
Aug 6, 2013
Yeah I figured out later on that it was indeed a Timber and not a Diamondback... Good looking out guys! Glad I encountered him in town and not while bushwhacking across the top of the mountain looking for boulders! Justin Compton
From Lafayette, CO
Joined Jul 30, 2009
690 points
Apr 23, 2014
Anybody know what this guy is? He was hanging out at Golden Cliff. I was looking for rattlers today. But, only found this guy.
Rock Climbing Photo: Baby snake?
Baby snake?
Greg D
From Here
Joined Apr 5, 2006
511 points
Apr 23, 2014
Tantilla nigriceps -- Plains Blackhead

probably not a baby. also called a centipede snake
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
545 points
Apr 26, 2014
Scared 5 vultures away while driving in Death Valley to find this

Rock Climbing Photo: Half there
Half there
Mike McLean
Joined Oct 11, 2009
305 points
Apr 26, 2014

I missed having a snake fall on my head by a couple of minutes a few years ago.

We were climbing in Rock Canyon, Utah, and had just finished up doing a long, single pitch climb called Jawa Jam in a kind of remote area of the canyon. We finished with the route and moved over maybe three routes. About 10 minutes later, I see what looks like my yellow long draw come falling off the top of Jawa Jam. It bounced off a ledge and then lands landing right where the belayer had been standing. Completely unphased after taking a 100ft ground fall, the snake just slithered away.
From Texas
Joined Oct 18, 2010
190 points
Apr 26, 2014
One morning my high school buddy & I were walking down the carriage road at the Gunks -- all of a sudden he grabs me and pulls me back. If not for the "save" I would have stepped on two copperheads sunning themselves on the trail. Whew. TheIceManCometh
From Albany, NY
Joined Aug 15, 2011
483 points
Apr 26, 2014
Wheel wells and warm brakes look like a cozy bed for a snake:

On my way into JTree, there was a car pulled off to the side of the road looking at a snake in the middle of the road. I got out to look. The people were in their car. No joke, the snake moved toward the car, went under, and then ascended up into the undercarriage. Turns out, he was headed for the wheel well. I'm guessing because the brakes were warm and he thought it looked cozy. A local guy came out (seen on video here) and claimed the snake. The snake came down, went further under the car and into the other wheel well before the guy could get it. He said it lived under his shed and wasn't poisonous. Bad ass! I got a few videos, here's a link to one..

daniel Baldor
From Boston, Massachusetts
Joined Nov 12, 2013
10 points
Apr 26, 2014
We saw a really nice five foot long bull snake at the Piggy Bank at Shelf today. He was crawling all around the packs by the base of the routes, but after a whole bunch of us started staring at him he decided to slither away.

Bull snakes kill rattlesnakes, incidentally, so they are super happy snake friends. They also eat rats.

From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,230 points

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