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Rattle Snakes

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Rattle Snakes
« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2007, 10:05:49 PM »
Seems to me that FDR put it best.....once you can get past THAT, you can think up a new challenge for yourself. :wink:



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« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2007, 09:49:00 AM »
Quote from: "Boot Canyon 1 Cougar"

By the way, does anyone know what kind of rattler this is?  

My guess would be the "Mottled Rock Rattlesnake".  Typical habitat includes mountainous elevations (above 4000 ft) and is known to call the Chisos home.



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Rattle Snakes
« Reply #32 on: January 21, 2007, 06:18:40 PM »
I've been going to BIBE since 1997 and have never seen a snake, not that I haven't been looking.

If your going to be off trail in the warmer months you might want to invest in some Turtleskin Snake Gaiters. There relatively lightweight (but warm) and might give you a little peace of mind. After all, you don't want to be stressing about snakes when there is all that awesome scenery.
When you came into this world, you cried and the world rejoiced. You should live your life, so when you die the world cries and you rejoice - Old Indian Saying

Rattle Snakes
« Reply #33 on: February 08, 2007, 01:02:48 PM »

Befpre I made my last post, I first searched for the article set forth below that provides an informative analysis of snake bites, etc.  I just found a hard copy this morning, which led me to that post, which is: Understanding Snake Bites and Field Treatment Options

Now--while this guy sounds to me like he knows what he is talking about--it still is "the Internet," so use your own judgement on the weight and validity you give to his statements.

I felt like I learned a lot from reading this.

CAVEAT:  the "Sawyer Extractor" information is dated, and there may also be some other advice that is dated--so you should check with a physician or the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS, or Red Cross, etc.  for the best info on current treatment.

For those who have alway wondered why snake bites chemically work the way they work, would like some additional insight into dealing with snake bites, etc., this may be worth reading.

Interestingly, this fellow echoes the first advice in many earlier posts--Don't get bit!
"No, that did not happen to me.  You have me confused with someone else."


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« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2007, 12:36:53 PM »
Randell, that last picture is the reason you are in "Cubicle Hell"!  

See if I ever tell you guys my greatest phobia--no way--you're just like a bunch of big brothers.  


As a matter of fact, I _do_ have an opinion on that....


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« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2007, 09:59:31 PM »
I recall 5 rattlesnakes seen/heard in the warmer months of 9.5 yrs of wandering the Big Bend.

First time was a Pine Canyon hike on 20 August 1997: a rattler coiled on the rock pile underneath the (non-flowing at the time) pouroff at the end of lower Pine Canyon.

On a warm 4 September 1999 visit to Government Springs with a Big Bend Natural History Association butterfly seminar group led by Ro Wauer, we discovered a large Western Diamondback Rattlesnake that emitted a hefty rattle from the desert immediately adjacent to the parking area near the coral. No real problem. Detour!
On 22 July 2000, I hiked into lower Pine Canyon with several friends. Our lead hiker almost stepped on a rattler coiled up on the trail in the grassland part of Pine Canyon, not far from the trailhead.

And last but not least: two rattlers encountered in one afternoon while hiking the 6 miles down from Boot Spring thru upper & lower Juniper Canyon on 7 October 2001 to the truck we had left parked at the desert trailhead the previous day. The first rattler was stretched across the trail not far below Boot Springs, perhaps 200 yds below the start of the Juniper Canyon trail. I was hiking along pretty quickly, enjoying the change from hiking uphill to hiking downhill, with two friends just behind me, when I heard a warning rattle, (barely) saw the snake, and managed to avoid placing my right foot on it. I swerved, backed up a couple steps, and blocked my friends from continuing. We detoured around the snake. The day's second snake was under a prickly pear in the fairly tall grass along the lower Juniper Canyon trail. We did not see it until it rattled.
As several posters have noted: they just want to be left alone. Which we gladly did in each case.



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« Reply #36 on: March 07, 2007, 08:37:15 PM »

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