With the temperatures up; even up in NC mountains itís in the 80ís. The day before yesterday I was in my 24x36 metal building and turned to exit out the main door and almost stepped on a 6í black snake. Now Iím not afraid of snakes per say but even my rural neighbors probably heard me holler as I did an awkward side gymnastics tuck and roll. Then seen it was only a black snake and I was fine as I escorted it out of the open door it had entered. Then today, as I was making my way down my backyard towards the pond; as I was about to step down and open our chain link fence gate I almost stepped on a 4í timber rattler. Luckily itís head was through the fence, as if it was beginning to exit the yard. Itís the first time in 18 years Iíve seen a timber rattler at our house. About five years ago I did have a 3í copperhead in the driveway, but never a rattler. Still makes me nervous thinking about how I almost stepped on it. I ran an grabbed my snake stick that I keep in the back of my truck and pulled the rattler out from the fence; it never rattled at all. Hereís a picture I took of it. So, if you decide to come camping and hiking in the mountains keep snakes in mind.
I live in the mountains of Pa., only ever saw diamond back rattlers dead on the road or crossing the road, none around the house or barn luckily. See lots of black snakes in the fields when baling, they will dive out of the windrow just before the baler is about to pick up the hay, they move pretty fast too. When they don't make it, and get baled with their head or tail sticking out of the bale, they really stink immediately, of course I guess I would stink too after going through the baler! I was just thinking about snakes yesterday as I walked through a small wooded area with a creek and down trees, and it was hot! Glad you saw them first and no bites, that would certainly ruin your day.,...pop.
I grew up in the mountains of SW PA and have seen some timber rattlers. Caught a pygmy rattler once and I've seen a few copperheads around my parents house. My dad accidentally hit one with the mower a few weeks ago in fact. I used to catch tons of black rat snakes and garter snakes when I was a kid. Meanest snakes I've dealt with were water snakes. Bad temper lol. I took a 10 mile hike through King's Canyon in the Sierras a few years ago. It's polluted with Rattlesnakes. Saw several. Caught a king snake too which prefer other snakes as meals... cool picture, thanks for Sharing. Funny story. The yard at my home has been filled with Garter Snakes... I caught one and my mother in law was just pulling up and caught a glimpse. She ran into my house and locked both doors. I looked down at the snake and said "fella, you found yourself a home".... Hahaha!
30 miles from OBX as the crow flies, or 80 miles by Jeep!
I'm usually o.k. with a snake if I see it before it see's me. In this part of Virginia that timber rattle snake is referred to as a Canebrake rattle snake (but the same snake). Only encountered one in my life that was still alive. Came across a dead one in N.E. NC. in my brothers yard that was bigger around than my forearm! Usually they will only strike if messed with, or unfortunately, if stepped on. Glad you didn't step on it!