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Old 07-09-2014, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
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Considering a move to Vancouver. Are snakes an issue in the city, what I mean is how often to you see a snake (other than a garden snake, those little green harmless snakes)? I can't deal with large black rat snakes, or cottenmouths, or corals, or even rattlesnakes in the city itself! I expect one might come upon a rattlesnake while hiking in the mountains right? I just do want to come upon a big snake slithering in my yard!
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:38 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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no BIG snakes in 30+ yrs for me (except east of Klickitat river) (~Lyle WA)
Ymmv
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
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whew, nice, relief
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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The only snakes I've seen in this area are garter snakes, especially if you live near water. They can be irritable if you bother them but are otherwise harmless. Western WA (west of the Cascades) is amazingly free of poisonous critters, aside from wasps and spiders.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Washington State is the only US state where there are no poisonous snakes. I did get bitten by a garter snake once, but that was an accident. There are a few water snakes too.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:33 AM
 
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Washington State is the only US state where there are no poisonous snakes. I did get bitten by a garter snake once, but that was an accident. There are a few water snakes too.
Eastern Washington has lots of poisonous snakes. The rest stops along I-90 even have signs posted warning of them.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:27 AM
 
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Washington State is the only US state where there are no poisonous snakes. I did get bitten by a garter snake once, but that was an accident. There are a few water snakes too.
Only western Washington. Eastern Washington has rattlesnakes.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:05 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Washington State is the only US state where there are no poisonous snakes. I did get bitten by a garter snake once, but that was an accident. There are a few water snakes too.
Do you get out much? I have a lot of hides and tails from WA and they were poisonous...

We were having an outdoor funeral service and got interrupted by a persistent rattler. Quick gunfire in honor of the deceased brought a moment of silence.


I am surprised there are not big snakes on the westside, seems PERFECT climate, but likely too cool. (Maybe there are). I have never seen one (yet).

As a kid... a huge bull snake liked to wrap around the burlap feed sack in a dark corner of the barn (colorado ranch). The bag had 'scallops' where the snake squeezed. It was a real joy to fumble around in the dark trying to feed the horses and come across that guy. I think it was 'psych' training that my parents felt was building my character. I was not impressed. If I would have fussed, I would have been thrown across the corral (and not by a horse).
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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LOL---well I guess I stand corrected I didn't know there were rattlers east of the Cascades. I had heard there were no poisonous snakes here from somebody in the Parks Department; but he probably got his degree in conservation from Evergreen State or somewhere where they never actually go out in wooded areas.

I would think Eastern Washington would be too cold for them to survive a winter.

As for Western Washington, the other commenter was right, the climate here would favor snakes, but we also have a lot of raccoons and otters over here which would probably make short work of them. Turtles are also fairly rare, probably for the same reason.
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:25 PM
 
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I would think Eastern Washington would be too cold for them to survive a winter.
One would think this to be the case but it appears rattlesnakes can survive cold winters as Montana has both rattlesnakes and cold winters.
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