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By Buff Johnson
Aug 14, 2012
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BDergay wrote:
Snake I saw up in Eldo Canyon last year.. I think it's a garter snake.



No, that's a kitten snake. You can pet them, and they make this little purrrrr sound.


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By Buff Johnson
Aug 14, 2012
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ZakM wrote:
What otherwise would have been a fantastic hold. Muay Thai Wall Railay east.



Is that a Ridley's Racer??

they like the bats


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By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Aug 14, 2012
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ZakM wrote:
What otherwise would have been a fantastic hold. Muay Thai Wall Railay east.

Thats a cobra, zak... not sure which subspecies. There are four subspecies of cobra on the Phra Nang Peninsula


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By timt
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Aug 14, 2012
on lead, Mean Green Cody,WY

Sam Lightner, Jr. wrote:
Thats a cobra, zak... not sure which subspecies. There are four subspecies of cobra on the Phra Nang Peninsula


Actually that is a ratsnake. Can't say with 100% certainty which species without looking up locality data. I suspect it is Elaphae taeniura ridleyi or blue beauty snake. I'm not much for common names, but Ridley's racer sounds like it could be correct.

keep the snakes coming!!!


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By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Aug 14, 2012
The Shield

Look like pretty sizeable venom glands...


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By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
Administrator
From Alabama
Aug 14, 2012
Starting the second section of Live to climb another day

I see em and walk on.


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By MountainManny
From Idaho Springs
Aug 14, 2012
One Trad Ass Motherfucker

I think I may have read that Hand Sand in clinically proven to make you a better Snake Handler.
Hand Sand


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By roger fritz from rockford, IL
From Rockford, IL
Aug 17, 2012
Wichita Mountains, Sunshine Wall

On a belay and Devils Lake WI , a snake crawled off the branch next to my head and stuck its tongue out at me about an inch from my eye. creepy for a moment but I am sure it was harmless.

I reached to remove my cam from a crack on top of prospect point, devils lake wi. The trigger was out of the crack and as I reached to remove it, something told me to take a look into the crack first. I don't know what kind of snake it was, Its head was on the lobes of the cam. I turned my head to get the attention of my wife and when I turned back, the tail was disappearing into the crack.

I am grateful that poisonous snakes are rarely encountered in our parts!


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By Buff Johnson
Jul 16, 2013
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timt wrote:
Actually that is a ratsnake. Can't say with 100% certainty which species without looking up locality data. I suspect it is Elaphae taeniura ridleyi or blue beauty snake. I'm not much for common names, but Ridley's racer sounds like it could be correct. keep the snakes coming!!!



Orthriophis taeniurus ridleyi
-- basically just an updated name

Here's a good comparable with a few close-up pics:

Ridley's Racer

Anyway, not a cobra.


There were supposed reports of Mojave around Golden due to 'seeing the green' coloration. So far, everything I've seen are Prairies.


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By Step hen
From Fort Collins, CO
Jul 16, 2013
Boulder Canyon <br /> <br />photo by Curt

I would rather find one at the crag than here


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By Sarugo
Jul 16, 2013

Snaaaaake!
Snaaaaake!


This is a pic of a rattlesnake curled up between a chockstone and the wall of a slot canyon. The muddy footprint on the chockstone is where I was standing when I noticed the snake. We all had to full-body stem over it, scuuuuuury stuff.


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By Paul Wilhelmsen
From sandy, ut
Jul 17, 2013
Just me with the waterfront behind me. Ice the size of golfballs kept falling down the Waterfront like clockwork while we climbed next to it. Super nice day <br />

Last time I climbed with my older brother; about three years ago, he was scrambling up some 4th class terrain to reach some anchors for a top rope, and just as he reached the top he nearly stepped on a baby rattler. Reflexively he stepped back, but of course that doesn't work so well on 4th class and fell 20 or 25 ft to the ground landing on his right foot. Totally destroyed his ankle. Doctors said putting it back together was like figuring out a jigsaw puzzle. He's pretty gimped up now, can't do any sports really, or move too fast for that matter. Now every time he tells the story, he finished with "shoulda just let the damn thing bite me, woulda been better off".


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By J. Amundsen
Jul 17, 2013

Young Copperhead
Young Copperhead


We have had a few encounters with snakes in Red River Gorge. Mostly Black Racers and Copperheads. Have yet to see a Timber Rattlesnake.


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By ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Jul 17, 2013

^---thats a good looking copperhead.


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By Chris Rice
Jul 17, 2013

We were climbing at the New a few years ago - a black snake fell from above and landed right beside my wife - it had a bat in its mouth. Over the course of a couple climbs side by side there - we watched it swallow the bat and crawl off under a rock. Pretty neat experience.


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By Brendan N. (grayhghost)
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 17, 2013

Careful where you sit in the Wasatch.

snake on approach to lone peak, utah
snake on approach to lone peak, utah


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By ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Jul 17, 2013

^--what is that it almost looks like a western hognose.


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By sonvclimbing
From bolder city
Jul 17, 2013
cowboy over tower

found at Knob Hill Southern Nevada.  Maybe a bull snake, anyone know??
found at Knob Hill Southern Nevada. Maybe a bull snake, anyone know??


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By Brian
From North Kingstown, RI
Jul 17, 2013

Copperhead at the Gunks.


Gunks Copperhead
Gunks Copperhead


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By Tony Lopez
From NJ
Jul 17, 2013
L.C. Crack

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Another Gunks Copperhead. This one is eating a mole on the carriage road.


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By Jonathan Dull
From NC High County
Jul 17, 2013
Edge of a Dream

Timber Rattler in The Linville Gorge
Timber Rattler in The Linville Gorge

Just about stepped on this guy on the way to the North Carolina Wall!


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By Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Jul 17, 2013
Viking helmet cover, yep.

Rattlesnake at Creekside, Clear Creek Canyon
Rattlesnake at Creekside, Clear Creek Canyon


Saw this guy at Creekside in CCC two weekends ago. He was on the trail here, so we climbed the rock above him to get by. It went at about 5.1 X, with a seriously bad fall zone (the snake didn't look too friendly).

Then, after rapping down from Playin' Hooky, we chatted for a couple of minutes until the same guy started rattling at us from about 2 feet away in a bush. He was about 500 feet away when we saw him on the way in, so apparently he has some kind of vendetta going against climbers. You've been warned.


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By Red
From Arizona
Jul 17, 2013
Cobra Kai

This is terrifying. Really shows you why you do NOT ever want to be bit by a venomous snake.
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4WvnjCkLbvY

You can start it about mid way through.


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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Jul 17, 2013
Aiding.

One day climbing at North Table Mountain in the summer*, in Golden, I almost stepped on three different rattlesnakes, all on the same approach, within the course of about 5 minutes.

I'm pretty sure there was some memo that the snakes got that day to scare climbers.

  • What the hell was I thinking, summer at Table? Ah, youth.


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By Rockwood
From West Jordan
Jul 17, 2013
Spring in Zion

On a trip to Red Rocks a girl we were with was slotting a nut about 20ft up then suddenly scooted to the side and said there was a snake in the crack and she'd been whacking it with the nut without even knowing it. She described it as "tan with diamonds down it's back...is it dangerous?" She was from Canada. Her partner told her to clip the nut and keep climbing.

A few weeks ago a caught a rubber boa at Challenge Buttress in BCC. Those things are so cool!


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