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Offline RichardM

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« on: January 24, 2006, 09:59:11 AM »

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Red Snakes Crossing Road in BB
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2006, 12:22:41 PM »
I have seen these long red snakes crossing the roads in Big Bend...I am sure there is someone who knows their common name?

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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2006, 01:14:57 PM »
coachwhip:


(not my pic)

ran over one on my motorcycle on Old Maverick road several years ago....didn't like me too much after that, as he kinda started after me when I crashed...freaked me out. I asked the ranger what it was, he told me and said the snake was FAST AND AGRESSIVE....no crap, he was at that! (but not poisonous)

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2006, 01:22:38 PM »
Holy shoot batman, is that a rabbit in his clutches?  I've never seen one of those before in all my visits and certainly not in TREES!  Good golly batman, I was always looking on the ground for those long snakes that like to rattle you before killing you, isn't it true that the 3rd in line always gets bit?  That's why I try to be #1 or #2 in a hiking column.

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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2006, 02:45:53 PM »
Yep...that's them all right!  The one I saw did not have a rabbit in his mouth, of course.  

To think they could catch a rabbit....sounds like they can move fast...think I will keep my distance...

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2006, 05:41:38 PM »
That has to be one of the coolest pics I have ever seen :!:

See animals in the Big Bend are like UFO's and Ghosts to me....always wanted to see one.....never have! Not that the roadrunners, jackrabbits, scaled quail, "suicidal" cottontails, turkey vultures and lizards aren't cool..... :wink:

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Re: Bad@ss!!
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2006, 09:01:23 PM »
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
........lizards aren't cool..... :wink:


well, i think my friend, "Disco Stu" here would disagree!


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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2006, 09:41:35 PM »
Hey! I said ol Stu WAS cool! Along with his other lil friends too......wher'ed he get that Zoot Suit from anyway? LOL 8)

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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2006, 12:14:01 PM »
Quote from: "David Locke"
coachwhip:


(not my pic)

ran over one on my motorcycle on Old Maverick road several years ago....didn't like me too much after that, as he kinda started after me when I crashed...freaked me out. I asked the ranger what it was, he told me and said the snake was FAST AND AGRESSIVE....no crap, he was at that! (but not poisonous)


I posted this true story on the old page. I'm too lazy to edit, but here it is again:

OK, Jeff.  Kiss my credibility goodbye.  This is want happened and there's no embellishment in this account.  This was the most bizzare thing that's ever happened to me with respect to snakes.  It wasn't bizzare that I was once tagged by a Timber Rattlesnake(a capture for photo incident).  This incident was bizzare because of the timing and  decision made by a Coachwhip.  I wanted a good photo of a Coachwhip this Spring.  And, of course, the best opportunity for this is to spot one on a road.  Well, one late afternoon, I took a turn onto the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive from 118.  And, less than a mile down the road I spotted a Coachwhip on some concrete.  The snake was on the west side of the road.  The concrete was there the handle rain runoff.  The snake was situated for a west to east crossing.  So I drove past the snake and pulled the car over. When I opened the car door, it became apparent that the snake was going the cross the road.  It was just inching to the east.  So, I thought my best chance for my shot would be to run over to the shoulder of the road on the east side, directly across from the snake.  And, when I got in position, the snake was about 3 feet into the road on the west side. At this point, the Coachwhip reared its head to assess the situation.  It was looking directly at me from a distance of roughly 15 feet.  This is when it made its decision.  I guessed it was going to go to my right or left or retreat back to the west.  And this is what made this incident so bizzare.  This snake, AT THAT DISTANCE, made the following decision:  Incredibily, it decided to come at me full blast and launch an massive strike. It managed to tag my left hand, the hand holding my camera.  I was standing upright at the time with my camera  at eye level.  This was a large Coachwhip.  The snake then dropped down and made its way into a huge complex of prickly pear directly behind me.  I was stunned.  I really couldn't believe that that snake actually did what it did. I couldn't believe that the snake actually got that far off the ground to tag me that high.  But it did. I got so caught up in this snakes behavior that I didn't get a photo. What a photo that would have been.  It all happened very fast.  I just stood there in disbelief.  The bite was inconsequential.  I had some bleeding at the base of my thumb area and tooth marks. I'm thinking that the reason the snake charged from that distance was because the complex of prickly pear directly behind me was its home. I told the account to some park staff and showed them the bite.  Believe me. This is a true story.  I tried to find some similar Coachwhip accounts on the Web,but no luck.  If anybody finds a good account, please present it here.  Coachwhips are known to be very aggressive if cornered.  But, this one wasn't cornerned.  So, there you have it, exactly the way it happened.
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Coachwhip story
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2006, 12:59:16 PM »
Bobcat: Found a forum on the net with coachwhip encounters etc.
http://forum.kingsnake.com/racer/messages/282.html

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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2006, 01:03:23 PM »
Bobcat: Forgot to sign on again...dangit. Thought you would enjoy that coachwhip story/link above..MarkB

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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2006, 01:52:19 PM »
I almost stepped on a rattlesnake in the basin once.  However, I didn't get to take a photo because my girlfriend was screaming bloody murder (not the girl I married).

I did see this cool kingsnake eating another snake on my front porch at home, though:

There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2006, 02:24:27 PM »
...and let's be clear on this issue again...Coachwhips AREN"T poisonous? :?
"You may all go to work and I will go to Big Bend" - If Davy Crockett were alive today.

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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2006, 02:35:36 PM »
nope, they are NOT poisonous! but they will bite you, and hard, according to the BB rangers....

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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2006, 03:27:28 PM »
Hey MarkB, you ought to click on that (automatically sign me on when I enter the site) button or something like that It's right there where you sign on I think.  That's what I did anyway, does anyone know any reason why you shouldn't?
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