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Old 10-23-2008, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Default Snakes in Albuquerque?

Hi,

please give me some honest replies on the amount and type of snakes in Albuquerque region. I am considering a move there but I am terrified of snakes!

I have been through NM a few times and stopped at rest areas that are up on stilts because of the snake problem. Do you ever encounter snakes in the city?
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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It's interesting that you write this because after living here for my whole life, I saw my first snake just a couple weeks back while demonstrating at Petroglyph National Park on the outskirts of the city (the West side). The West side has volcanic black rock walls along the mesa that are a perfect habitat for snakes. While there are rocks on the East side, in the foot hills, they're lighter and more sparse. In town I've never seen a snake and I've spent a lot of time on various trails around town like the Bosque Trail along the Rio Grande and the loop around Albuquerque Academy (probably the largest patch of open ground left in the NE quadrant.). I also enjoy the Oso Canyon area that is open ground and the Embudo Canyon. I wouldn't worry about snakes.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:08 AM
 
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What part of Colorado are you coming from?

You have plenty of snakes there.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Burque!
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I think those stilts are a condition of the structural system (i.e. drilled-piers).

Are you talking about the reststops South of ABQ?
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:53 PM
 
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I think the OP is refering to "Walking Sands" rest area on I-25 just north of Socorro ...Rybert is correct ...it's structural (ie shifting sands) not because of rattlers .....

Rattlesnakes can be found in most areas in north america (as far north as southern Alberta Canada) but the SW is a "peak" area ....actually AZ with NM a close 2nd
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:24 PM
 
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I can't remember where the rest stop was... but there were signs that said "watch out for the snakes". And my husband told me that's why the buildings were up on stilts (but he tends to BS me from time to time). Anyway, I have seen 3 snakes this year where I live in Colorado. So maybe ABQ is not that bad. But I have never seen a rattler in the wild. And I plan to avoid the ABQ rattlesnake museum with every thread of my being!
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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... And I plan to avoid the ABQ rattlesnake museum with every thread of my being!
Fair enough, but seriously; there's not much of anything going on with snakes in town.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:52 AM
 
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We saw no snakes during the 2 yrs we lived in the NE Heights, as much as I would have liked to. I did a fair amount of hiking during that time, too.

The irony is that I saw two rattlesnakes, while hiking, within 3 mos. of moving back to MD.
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Old 10-25-2008, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Burque!
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I've seen two snakes my entire life in ABQ Actually one was in Moriarty (38 miles East of ABQ) and the other was at a cabin near Dixon's Apple Orchard (60 miles North of ABQ).

In Moriarty I was working on our irrigation equipment (not paying attention). The sprinklers sound a lot like a rattle snake, but it turned out to be the real deal (I made record time high-tailin' it back up to the house. lol
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Old 10-25-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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I also have lived in ABQ my whole life and have only seen a rattler once and that was in the foothills. You have nothing to worry about.
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