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Re: Sierra Rattlesnakes

Postby jimqpublic » Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:40 pm

Five things I love about the High Sierra are that rattlesnakes, ticks, poison oak, no-see-ums and chiggars generally stay away. Now if the mosquitos would just follow suit...

My highest rattlesnake sightings have been Bubbs Creek trail at around 7,000 feet and the Sawmill Pass trail around 8000.

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Re: Sierra Rattlesnakes

Postby BrianF » Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:38 pm

gdurkee wrote:Speaking of rattlesnakes, last summer one of the trail crew heard a rattle, looked up, and there was a rattlesnake 10 feet up a tree! Junction Meadow. Never heard anything like that before.


I grew up out here in the coast Chapparral country and have seen more rattlesnakes than I care to think about, and twice I have seen one well off the ground up in the brush, once about 3- 4', the other time right at eye level while I was crashing thru the brush on an SAR mission. Both times I figured they were in a panic trying to get away from me, neither one rattled though.
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Re: Sierra Rattlesnakes

Postby caddis » Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:31 pm

4 or 5 footer on Bear Creek around 8000 ft
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