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copperhead snakes

Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 5:33 am
by Christian
On may 25th I saw 2 copperheads mateing by Coxingkill (split rock) they were in a high traveled area by the bridge so hikers, bikers, and walkers keep myour eyes open when entering areas of sun and rock. Enjoy

Re: copperhead snakes

Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 6:42 pm
by Old Girl Scout
One time long ago while hiking at Minnewaska, I heard an unusual sound. I thought it was a very loud cicada because it was that time of year, that kind of summer day. As I walked closer, I saw a coiled Rattler on a flat rock about 6 feet from the trail. My small dog had scouted ahead of me as he always did, and he set off the snake. I walked on quickly, made sure my dog stayed at a safe distance. Then I crept back cautiously to take another look, not quite so close. By then he was done shaking his booty. It was a thrill to see a Rattler.

Later we returned on the same trail. When we approached the snake's neighborhood, I carried my dog most of the way back to the car. This time I was thrilled not to see him.

More recently I saw a very long thin black snake slowly climbing up a pine tree. It was beside a trail to Millbrook Mountain, where it crosses a stream. It used to be called "Over and Under" trail. I wasn't at all alarmed by this snake. I took several photos. I watched for a while, fascinated at how he clung to the rough bark with harldy any "foothold". Who needs footholds when you're a snake!

Re: copperhead snakes

Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 4:58 pm
by Christian
I'll bet it was a Blackracer very cool snake. I'd like to see some of your pictures.