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Offline aircrftmec

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« on: February 12, 2012, 07:29:10 PM »
We are heading to Terlingua over spring break to do some off road riding and hiking I noticed the the temps should be in the low 80's during the day and 45 at night. With that being said and winter ending do you think that snakes will be out in full force? Should we be extra cautious this time of year?

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Offline The Scorpion

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 08:49:05 PM »
I would not say full force, but im sure they will be out. I have encountered most all of the snakes I have seen right around sunset out on the road to soak up some last minute heat.
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Offline Voni

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Re: snakes
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2012, 07:33:47 AM »
Actually, with our mild winter, you should always be aware that snakes could be around.

Below about 60 degrees they don't move very fast . . .
but they still can be around, though usually they'll sense you and get out of the way.

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: snakes
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2012, 02:41:16 PM »
A TP&W guy told me they estimate that due to the drought the snake population is down 80% from levels 2 years ago.  Anyone think this is credible?

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Offline aircrftmec

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Re: snakes
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012, 06:04:57 PM »
A TP&W guy told me they estimate that due to the drought the snake population is down 80% from levels 2 years ago.  Anyone think this is credible?

80% sounds rather high that is a lot of dead snakes :(

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Offline Juan Cuatro Lados

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Re: snakes
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2012, 06:11:07 PM »
80% might be underestimating the loss except for places near water,
it's been mighty dry for a long time.
A couple of times have seen black-tailed rattlers moving around in temps in
the 40's.
Also BTW, don't depend on those temperatures (80's and 40's), it
could easily hit 100 in the desert during spring break. 
Hope you enjoy your trip.

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Offline stingrey

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Re: snakes
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2012, 06:57:54 AM »
One of the best things you can also do to add another margin of sanity to the whole question is to become familiar with the venomous vs. non-venomous snakes. There ARE snakes in the area, but to know which of the local snakes could cut your visit short (i.e. rattlesnakes, copperhead) may help you put your mind at ease a bit.
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