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  •  Ah, yes, sometimes there are snakes (8+ / 0-)

    The Great Rattlesnake Attack

    When I'm working in the southern states, I must be vigilant for snakes AND yellow jackets. Here in Idaho, I have yet to see a venemous snake. In fact, I rarely see snakes of any kind.

    •  You're to high in elevation, most likely (2+ / 0-)
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      Polly Syllabic, foresterbob

      We have lots of rattlers in Idaho and in my state, Utah, but they are all in the lower elevations. That's why I love my High Uintas, fish and forest and no snakes except for a few little ol' water snakes.

      And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

      by high uintas on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:14:19 PM PDT

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      •  I've heard that Rattlesnakes are now being (3+ / 0-)

        found in Yosemite at previously unheard of elevations. West of Elizabeth Lake there's a mountain pass and some friends were hiking over it when they encountered a rattler. This is at well over 9,000 feet. The rattler in question was RIGHT on the trail and the dad had stepped over it (not on it). No one was hurt but there was enough excitement for everyone!

        More wasps, more snakes, more jellyfish... what next? Triffids?

        •  It makes sense that someone could step over (2+ / 0-)
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          Polly Syllabic, RiveroftheWest

          a rattler at 9K. We camp at a lake that is at that elevation. Even during the hottest summers the night time temps are cold enough to sometimes frost the windows. I've been snowed on in July before. Snakes don't do cold very well, they slow way down.

          We have met up with rattlers at about 7K in summer and let me tell you in our red rock deserts they rule the place. I remember once going into a small box canyon in the San Rafael Swell and suddenly hearing the whole place start to rattle. Scared the crap out of me.

          And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

          by high uintas on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 04:57:40 PM PDT

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