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Question: why would there be more snakes in the Bend than in Utah?
Quote from: dprather on September 05, 2018, 10:31:23 PMQuestion: why would there be more snakes in the Bend than in Utah?A few reasons that come to mind:a) warmer climate, especially in winter, thus longer active periods and greater opportunity to encounterb) more preyc) more cover (the Chihuahuan Desert is absolutely lush compared to other deserts and arid areasd) more varied biomes and habitats; a lot of regions converge in or near Big Bende) water!; much of the water in Utah is in deep, relatively inaccessible canyonsf) the Chihuahuan Desert is one of the richest and most varied of plant and animal communities to be found anywhere; forests are relatively sterile by comparison
Like rocketman, I am a layman. I asked my question because I was puzzled. As usual, the experts on BBC came through with thought-provoking answers. Thanks.It seems to this layman that a little balance might be needed. While running across rattlers is rare, it does happen (in ten years of BB backpacking I have run across two). I wouldn't want anyone to be overwhelmed by irrational fears, but I wouldn't want anyone to be so unconcerned that they did not practice the great advice given by losthiker: "use your eyes, ears, and your "sixth sense" to avoid them. Don't put your hands or feet anywhere you can't see. If you get a gut feeling that says to avoid a shrub, rock, or patch of grass, avoid it."
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