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Old 07-10-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Not more dangerous from a lethality standpoint, but from the standpoint of having no warning. They are silent and typically well camouflaged on the forest floors. I used to roam all through those forests as an outside plant engineer staking out pole lines in my younger days. No warning from copperheads when you're close and you just can't always see them. At least you get a warning with a rattler. In the south, people get bitten while they're gardening all of the time because they'll crawl through the bedding areas around the foundations of the homes.

Although the copperhead's bite is less lethal, you still don't want to get bitten.
Okay, perhaps from that standpoint I can see what you are trying to say.

To be honest, if it hadn't been for poisonous snakes, I probably would have remained a geologist, rather than going into science education.
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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Saw a big one next to the trail at fountain creek on Sunday, dog almost got bit. RP
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Old 07-11-2011, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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We're not what I'd call over run with rattler's but it's not the least uncommon to see them when out hiking or taking my dogs for a walk. I always give them a wide berth in the rare time they don't retreat on their own. My neighborhood posts signs around the greenspaces warning of rattlesnakes and bears. I've got a couple garter snakes living in the groundcover in my backyard that I see daily - they're welcome to stay - but have never seen a rattler in my yard.

I'll take the rattlers we have here over the water moccasins I grew up with in the South any day. Now those suckers are aggressive and will go out of their way to chase you.
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