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Old 02-21-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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Default Snakes in the mountains?

As I was leaving this morning after the snow last night, I noticed a few snake tracks in the snow on my driveway. I live in Gilpin county at above 9,000 feet. What snakes could possibly survive the winter and be mobile this time of the year up there?
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:55 AM
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Snow snakes? I bet jazzlover can answer that. I was told snakes don't go above 7,000 feet here but that might be wrong. At 5,000 feet I see lots of bull snakes in my yard in summer, nothing in winter.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:25 AM
 
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As I was leaving this morning after the snow last night, I noticed a few snake tracks in the snow on my driveway. I live in Gilpin county at above 9,000 feet. What snakes could possibly survive the winter and be mobile this time of the year up there?
Snow-Snake tracks maybe...
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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I don't think there are any snakes that would be out in the snow - must have been something else making tracks that looked like that. And yes, snakes do go above 7000 feet here. I have seen them at 9000 feet in Fremont County.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:29 PM
 
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I'm at 8,150 in Eagle County and we have snakes here, but only on the summer. No snow snakes, but lots of cougars
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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During summer, there can be various types of snakes at most any elevation in Colorado. As to the ones to worry about--that would be rattlesnakes. I've seen them range as high in elevation as 9,000 ft. in southern Colorado, up to 7,000 feet elevation over most all of Colorado.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:52 PM
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Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Yep, I once almost sat on a rattlesnake at 8200 feet (it was southern CO).
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Berkeley in Denver, CO USA
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Default I am confused

Snakes in the mountains?
I thought snakes were on the planes.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:27 PM
 
Location: CO
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I thought snakes were on the planes.
Uh uh, that's the rain in Spain.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:09 PM
 
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I've yet to ever come across a snake in CO.

I've had relatives bump into them at lower elevations in CO. I guess in the summer they can go up to 9000 ft, but I never hear of any encounters up that high, although I'm sure it happens.
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