WR450 vs Western Diamond Back Rattler!
Posted July 04, 2003 - 06:09 AM
While riding at my local area last night, I climbed a small hill to take in the sunset. When I got to the top, I parked the bike and cut the motor. I usually stop with my left boot on the ground and my right boot on the peg. I sat for a minute taking in the scenery and then decided to head back to the truck since it was getting dark.
As you would expect, I dropped my right boot so I could check my gearing with my left, and just as I was about to fire up the blue beast, I heard this strang buzzing noise from under the bike. When I looked down, there was a 24" baby rattler attacking my SIDIs! He had blended in so perfectly with the ground that I never saw him.
I quickly pulled my boot back up but the little bugger wouldn't leave. He just coiled right back up where he was under my bike. I finally had to kick rocks at him using my left boot. Even then I couldn't get him to move more than a couple of feet, but it was enough so I could at least move the bike without running over him.
I ride out there all the time and I have never had this experience. I sure was glad I had my boots on.
For you Utah riders this occurred at 5 Mile Pass. This was the first time I had seen one in the wild. It was pretty cool.
Posted July 04, 2003 - 07:11 AM
Posted July 04, 2003 - 07:18 AM
Posted July 04, 2003 - 08:32 AM
Did you guys know that they also can control the amount of venom they inject? That's why a defensive strike is sometimes relatively venom-free.
Diamondbacks can kill an adult, western rattlers don't have near that amount of venom. Leave 'em all alone.
Posted July 04, 2003 - 09:55 AM
Posted July 04, 2003 - 10:18 AM
I occasionally go to southern Illinois for some Bass and Catfishing and dove hunting. We were dove hunting one Sept. afternoon in a dirt field next to a Milo field waiting for the dove. Out of the blue here come a black streak, my buddy says, you better get the F%&* out of here. After quite a sprint to the truck he says, "blue racer." Holy balls, if they were poisonous like a rattler... WOW. That thing was after us like stink on S&*%. I actually emailed the crazy ass Croc hunter and told him to come out here to Idaho and catch rattlers and drink Fosters with me. Needless to say he didn't return my email.
I always wondered what would happen if they had the disposition of a gopher snake - those things are very aggressive and will chase you - I know - I've been chased by them as a kid.
Posted July 04, 2003 - 01:11 PM
Even then I couldn't get him to move more than a couple of feet, but it was enough so I could at least move the bike without running over him.
I must confess that my natural, instantaneous reaction might have been to see how far my roost carried that bugger... If he had already struck me, there would be no further negotiations .
Posted July 07, 2003 - 01:08 PM
Most of our dirt bike trails are too high here in Colorado for rattlers. However, there are tons of them in the foothills near Denver and I have seen many on my mountain bike. I have run them over, passed them by, and ridden around them many times. Usually you can see them waiting on the trail though. And they tend to be out the most on a nice 75 degree fall day looking for one last meal before winter I suppose.
I didn't think they could control their venom, but rather how much venom they put out depends on how long it's been since they've eaten. If they have had a meal recently, and you get a bite, you have a good chance of not getting any venom. So, next time, ask the rattler if he's full before hastling him.
Bryan in Denver...
Posted July 07, 2003 - 01:12 PM
Posted July 07, 2003 - 01:38 PM
They actually do control venom (as do nearly all venomous snakes) - less for smaller prey, more for larger. Some experts think that they can even control the amount to each individual fang. You'd be surprised at how sophisticated some critters are.
And a note to the wise, nearly all fatalities (about 8 per year) are due to handling or attempting to kill a snake.
Posted July 07, 2003 - 07:03 PM
Posted July 08, 2003 - 01:56 AM
That is crazy! I ride 5 mile pass a lot. I have never seen many snakes there. Aragonite was the place I would always see them at.
Posted July 08, 2003 - 06:13 AM
Posted July 08, 2003 - 06:29 AM
I'll need to watch where I step next time