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For those of us that are a little bit older than most HAZ members, listening for the buzz of the rattlesnake often doesn't do us much good as we can't hear it. Once I was standing within one foot of a rather large rattler and not only did not hear him but did not see him. My fellow hikers all began shouting which got my attention to the situation. The rattler was coiled and I quickly put my rather large hiking stick into the middle of the coil and swung him high and hopefully over the creek I was standing next to. But he was so heavy that he landed in the water and swam right back to me. I picked him up again and threw him once more but still he landed in the water. When he swam back to me this time I really put all my muscle into it and this time he landed on the other side of the stream onto wet hard sand. That knocked the wind out of him and apparently he decided that he had had enough and did not return. My hiking partners were in shock that I would attempt to throw him as I did and especially three times but I wanted as much distance between myself and that viper as possible. And it was amazing how fast he could swim!davis2001r6 wrote:Got buzzed by a black western rattlesnake by the creek going into Haunted Canyon yesterday. he gave me plenty of warning.
These pics have been all over the internet and have been attributed to many places. Apparently the most believeable is that these photos were taken in Rider, Wyoming.Falling into this might ruin your day (a rattlesnake den near Oracle (not my pics))
I only actually saw 2 on trail, which was the Loma Verde loop at Saguaro National Park. The 4 rattlers were seen on the road that loops through the park.azpride wrote:Domromer- on what trail did you see the 4? I basically expect to see them when I hike in low elevations this time of year and I get surprised when I don't.