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Aug 14, 2012
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.
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
1,499 points
Aug 14, 2012
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
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
1,499 points
Aug 14, 2012
The Shield
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
Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Joined Apr 9, 2006
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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!!!
timt
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
57 points
Aug 14, 2012
The Shield
Look like pretty sizeable venom glands... Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Joined Apr 9, 2006
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Aug 14, 2012
Starting the second section of Live to climb anoth...
I see em and walk on. Brad "Stonyman" Killough
From Alabama
Joined Jan 18, 2008
5,967 points
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
MountainManny
From Idaho Springs
Joined Mar 20, 2012
1,335 points
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!

roger fritz from rockford, IL
From Rockford, IL
Joined Aug 9, 2009
51 points
Jul 16, 2013
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.
Buff Johnson
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1,499 points
Jul 16, 2013
Boulder Canyon  photo by Curt
I would rather find one at the crag than here Step hen
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Jul 6, 2010
99 points
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.
Sarugo
Joined Jul 16, 2012
45 points
Jul 17, 2013
Near the top of arm and hammer
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". Paul Wilhelmsen
From sandy, ut
Joined Aug 2, 2012
187 points
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.
J. Amundsen
Joined Jul 28, 2011
66 points
Jul 17, 2013
^---thats a good looking copperhead. ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Joined Apr 27, 2010
275 points
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. Chris Rice
Joined Jan 11, 2013
15 points
Jul 17, 2013
Careful where you sit in the Wasatch.
snake on approach to lone peak, utah
snake on approach to lone peak, utah
Brendan N. (grayhghost)
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Joined Oct 26, 2006
396 points
Jul 17, 2013
^--what is that it almost looks like a western hognose. ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Joined Apr 27, 2010
275 points
Jul 17, 2013
cowboy over tower
found at Knob Hill Southern Nevada.  Maybe a bull ...
found at Knob Hill Southern Nevada. Maybe a bull snake, anyone know??
sonvclimbing
From bolder city
Joined Dec 4, 2008
29 points
Jul 17, 2013
Eiger summit
Copperhead at the Gunks.


Gunks Copperhead
Gunks Copperhead
Brian
From North Kingstown, RI
Joined Sep 27, 2001
656 points
Jul 17, 2013
Top out on Black Dagger
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Another Gunks Copperhead. This one is eating a mole on the carriage road.
Tony Lopez
From NJ
Joined Aug 7, 2011
742 points
Jul 17, 2013
Upper pitches on Crescent Tower, Bugaboos.
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!
Jonathan Dull
From Boone, NC
Joined Mar 2, 2012
424 points
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.
Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Joined May 23, 2009
43 points
Jul 17, 2013
Cobra Kai
This is terrifying. Really shows you why you do NOT ever want to be bit by a venomous snake.
youtube.com/watch?feature=play...

You can start it about mid way through.
Red
From Arizona
Joined Sep 11, 2008
1,322 points
Jul 17, 2013
Aiding. Photo by Locker.
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.
teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Joined Dec 16, 2012
636 points
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!
Rockwood
From West Jordan
Joined Jun 10, 2009
357 points


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