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Unread 09-08-2009, 02:04 PM
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Snake avoidance/deterant tips?

Other than don't step on one, any of you guys have tips on how to deter/avoid snakes while camping? I hate snakes but try to avoid having to kill one as much as possible. They're goodfor rodent control. I also don't really want to have to touch or move one, as obviously they're dangerous.
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Unread 09-08-2009, 06:45 PM
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When I go camping, I don't mind co-existing with snakes, but am terrified that my dog will sniff one and be bitten. In Idyllwild they have classes every now and then to teach your dogs to avoid snakes. Here are the facts. Rattlesnakes AND ALL REPTILES LIKE SPRING AND ARE ACTIVE DURING THE DAY. Be aware that every rock or log can conceal one.

Most people are bitten trying to handle snakes. If you are bitten take a photo of the snake or kill it and bring it with you to Loma Linda Medical Center. Anti-venoms are species specific. Do not treat the wound but do not become excited or over-exert.

Some bites are dry bites.

The Mojave rattlesnake has a very fast-acting neuro-toxin that can stop the heart in 60 minutes. It is said to be able to strike at almost the length of its body. I have seen many rattlesnakes in the Mojave, but never seen a Mojave rattlesnake.

The gopher snake looks similar to a rattlesnake without the rattles. It will pretend to strike and flatten its head to warn off predators.

It is illegal to kill or capture native reptiles in California. I have had large rattlesnakes come into camp and have sat around watching them until they left, several hours later. I have had rattlesnakes be laying on the ground right where I wanted to camp and moved on to another location. You are the interloper. The wild is their home.

Like I said, learn to live with them, but be very very careful.

NJ

This first photo is of a California whipsnake and a southern alligator lizard in a stand-off. I separated them and sent them on their way.

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The following is a gopher snake.

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I just bought this couple of days ago. I've seen videos and it's pretty effective stuff. Just don't lift up any rocks.
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