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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKAI7FBx4Ow

I shot this video today as I was riding along the Bay Trail in Berkeley, California and am compelled to share. I flagged down another cyclist to help me rescue a snake that was really intent on crossing the trail. Things got out of hand quickly. We eventually released the snake to safety.
 

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I lived in Berkeley for six years and a lot of weird stuff took place, but never that.
 

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I had a snake throw off my X Mark ZTR mower last year. I hit it and it went, like at 50mph flying onto the barn wall. I was sure it was a belt. But it was snake. A very dead one. Hot chot caught up under the mower deck and wham!
 

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It's rather scary for me to notice that the "branch" in front of me on the street is a snake... (Berkeley hills mostly).
Sometimes I manage to swerve away from it, sometimes I'm just edging by...
in the latter case I'm afraid the snake might bite me
and I have no clue which of those snakes are poisonous.
 

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Is this road biking you're talking about? I ride the Skyline / Grizzly / Snake Rd / Redwood Rd area and have yet to see a snake there. You see them fairly often? Sheesh, that's something to think about when you're barreling down one of the hills.
 

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Only road cycling for me.
Mostly on Tunnel Rd -- but that's probably "observer bias" as it is my main route to get up the hills.
I've also seen a few on Redwood Rd.
It's usually in spring on warm days when the sun is heating the tarmac while the surrounding areas are still cooler.
 

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I used to do that ride 3 or more times a week. I think it was the only way I could survive grad school.
 

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So, are you saying you were riding, saw a snake in the road and stopped to help it along? And flagged down another rider to help?
 

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guy I know bunny-hopped a 3-ft long rattlesnake, landed wrong and ended up with a compound fracture of the lower leg.

luckily, the snake went the other direction, he would have been an easy target while he was wadded up on the pavement.
 

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So, are you saying you were riding, saw a snake in the road and stopped to help it along? And flagged down another rider to help?
He said it was in Berkeley.
 

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A few years back, there was a big dead bull snake on the road. It coiled up as I passed it. Guess it wasn't dead and I guess I left a stain in my chamois.
 

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A few years back, there was a big dead bull snake on the road. It coiled up as I passed it. Guess it wasn't dead and I guess I left a stain in my chamois.
A coupla friends and myself were walking past what looked like a squashed 4ft rattlesnake in the middle of a gravel road that surprised the hell out of us when it let us know that it was, alive and healthy, basking in the heat of the sun.
 

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A coupla friends and myself were walking past what looked like a squashed 4ft rattlesnake in the middle of a gravel road that surprised the hell out of us when it let us know that it was, alive and healthy, basking in the heat of the sun.
None of those in my immediate area. I'd treat all snakes as rattlesnakes in the western part of my state.

Saw a mean 'ol snapping turtle yesterday near the road. Looked fierce util I took out my camera phone. It was apparently very camera shy.
 

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I view all snakes as venomous, heartless man-killers. This philosophy has done well by me.

A few years ago I was at the Sydney aquarium and this girl had a big snake set out on a fake tree to interact with. I decided to let her take a picture of me with my face up near it. After the photo the girl scooped up the snake and I was talking to her. She casually mentioned that none of the other workers liked to handle this snake because it had a reputation for biting. She could of mentioned that before I stuck my face next to it
 

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I view all snakes as venomous, heartless man-killers. This philosophy has done well by me.

A few years ago I was at the Sydney aquarium and this girl had a big snake set out on a fake tree to interact with. I decided to let her take a picture of me with my face up near it. After the photo the girl scooped up the snake and I was talking to her. She casually mentioned that none of the other workers liked to handle this snake because it had a reputation for biting. She could of mentioned that before I stuck my face next to it
This brings another memory out of my file.

I once knew a fellow who was handling someone elses pet constrictor or python or something, and was bit on the forearm by it. His arm swelled up like a balloon and got all kinds of infected, causing him to loose 3 or 4 months of work.

I don't know if the infection was caused by nasty bacteria from the snakes mouth or poor wound maintenance on his part.

I prefer dogs.
 
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