SNAKES on a bike

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Escapegoat, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Escapegoat

    Escapegoat Sidetracked again

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    Sounds like a dodgey movie title doesn't it?

    A few weeks ago I nearly ran over two snakes in one day, and although my snake I.D. skills are pretty dodgey at 110 with my ankles up near my helmet, :lol3 I reckon one was a Taipan, :eek1 the other was a brown. I have also ran over one while I was in a wheel rut, and had nowhere to go a while back. Anybody got stories of running over snakes, or had one drop into a campsite? Photos anybody?
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  2. Stackator

    Stackator F800GS goodness

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    Last summer I saw 3 red bellied black snakes in 3 hours of riding. 2 were fired up ready to strike as I passed them.

    Last weekend a red bellied black snake was crossing the dirt road we were riding on and earlier I had seen a dead one.

    I am glad that I haven't seen any Browns or Taipans - they are supposed to be the worst.

    +1 for tents and not sleeping in the open
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  3. Mototrans

    Mototrans Been here awhile

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    i was following dad on his bike with the old XL175 flat strap. He ran over a snake and the bastard flicked up off the back wheel and damn near got me.... dad just laughed when i had a go at him of course.
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  4. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome... tEAM iDIOT.

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    No snake stories that I can recall at the moment, But coming home from work tonight, for some reason I was thinking about that 125 GP rider a few years ago in practice at the Malaysian GP I think.

    Wondering what it was like to be him, not remembered for anything but killing a cobra with your knee slider.
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  5. bigdag

    bigdag vicarious rider, surfer..

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    A 6 foot black turned itself into a hairpin trying to strike my 15 year old son last summer.
    He was riding his Thumpstar in a spirited fashion and the snake did'nt lead to take the shot. Thank Christ.

    I did however point out to him that winding the bike out then clapping his hands above his head may have posed a greater risk.

    Now why is it I feel he wasn't listening?
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  6. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    Another reason why I like my flash swag with critter mesh, dont want one of them curled up with me!

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  7. Burtonridr

    Burtonridr Wanderlost

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    I was out riding in an OHV park with my buddy a few weeks ago and he stopped to look for something making a funny noise on his bike and found a small rattle snake lodge somewhere in the rear end of his bike, it was dead and wasnt the noise problem but kinda strange. Im thinking he is lucky because this time of year, with it getting cold, they start to hide in underground dens with other snakes, sometimes hundreds, and he must have sunk his rear tire into a den or something and ripped out that snake :scratch
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  8. zenKTM

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    this may not count - as i was adv riding on my push bike in tassie when i ran over a 'stick' that was actually a snake - (copperhead i think) -
    the fucker understandably was pissed off and struck my front tyre ...a couple of inches from my foot which was exposed :eek1
    lucky, as i was in the middle of no-where and it was friggin hot!
    It all happened so quickly I couldn't have done anything about it...

    wearing motocross boots there shouldn't be a problem as they tend to strike around the ankle!
    +1 with Stackator about tents in Aus, don't want to roll over on a snake in the middle of the night :rofl
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  9. Mouse

    Mouse I'm only smelly

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    had a wombat bite my rear tyre once if that counts...

    ridden through plenty of snakes esp down round moulamein, pesky tiger snakes abound there, but never had any drama.

    snakes are not 'that' quick.
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  10. Paves

    Paves Beetrt/liver sausage

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    Seen snakes while riding but the nearest to grief I've come is spitting a blue tongue lizard out the back - my mate was close by and said it flew past his shoulder. My 6yr old son found this dugite (aka brown) under the peach tree last year. It had tried to go through the net but only managed to get its head throgh before it got stuck, and scales meant there was no reversing option.

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  11. MaverickAus

    MaverickAus Been here awhile

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    Run over a snake when I was a kid, I didn't stop to look just kept going.
    I had a dog bite the front tyre on my postie bike one day when I was delivering the mail, only problem was it forgot to let go.... RIP dog
    Another dog used to hide until you went to accelerate then would bite the leather bags, bastard would nearly drag you off the bike. So one day I took off flat out, got onto the tar then just slammed on both brakes .. went from 25 or so to 0 in no space at all. Dog ran into the bags so hard it pushed the bike sideways, it ran off yelping, I rode off laughing, never had a problem with that dog again.
    Run into a roo once and over another one but thats another story.
    Cheers
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  12. DANNOj

    DANNOj Long timer

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    We were down in Bendethera valley last weekend, and Fishbulb noticed that there was a snake IN THE BOTTOM of the pit toilet!! (the furtherest one in the valley). I had already used the toilet twice, and he had used it once before noticing it!! Freaky as. I WILL NEVER be using that dunny again!!

    Dan
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  13. Paves

    Paves Beetrt/liver sausage

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    Poppy, as it says in the post, its head was stuck in the net and it was going nowhere. Everything has a right to live and I don't kill things unless I feel I have no choice. I wasn't going to let it die a slow death in the net, or try to get it out (I'm not quite that stupid), and the dog was trying to get at it too. So I relieved it of its head using a shovel. What you see in the pic is the snake minus the front 10cms or so, which I left in the net til the next day. It was quite amazing to watch the headless body thrash around for a good 5 minutes.
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  14. Hunsta

    Hunsta Have guns will hunt

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    I actualy remember watching that GP. What a shock that would have been:huh .
    Had a mate kick at a big brown on the road one day only to have a go at me when I rode past it:loco
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  15. medicmick

    medicmick Spike

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    Just cruising down a local forest Black Rock Road near the Forestry cottage not long back and a friggin big black came from behind me, travelling in the same direction and passed me, I panicked, hit the throttle and passed it, it was there on the way back, so I thought he passed me, I passed him again, so I won, I can't stand the things, thats why I'm a winter bushwalker too.

    early 80's was with a group of riders on the cambridge Plateau Drive between mallanganee and Toonumbar dam, and we came across the biggest python ever, couldn't see his head or his arse and he was too big to ride over

    Mick.
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  16. shekel

    shekel Adventurer

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    Had a similar experience in PNG back in the '70s. At night, raining, girlfriend in front on DT125, me following close on XL250 to shed more light on the track. Her backwheel flicks up a largish snake of unknown species, it seems to be twisting in flight and coming straight at my head and shoulders. I duck and swerve (carefully)to miss it -all over in a flash.

    Another scare was having a mother pig with line of piglets astern cross my path. Flatstrap (its always so) on the loose surface a collision was unavoidable. Got the front wheel up and sailed over poor piglet on the backwheel - killed it stone dead, but I at least stayed upright and continued on my way. :knary
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  17. humdinger

    humdinger bp

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    Did a trek up Cradle Mt. in Tassie a couple of years back. Never been much of a hiker and suffered from extreme cramps on the way back. While 'limping' back towards my hotel just on dusk, I was watching all the wildlife abound the track I was on; kwolls, owls, pademelons and this huge friggin' wombat that obviously didn't know how close I was to him (or her). I gave a little hiss and this lump of muscle turned and charged towards me snarling and grunting. First time ever I thought I might get mauled by a rogue wombat. I couldn't out run it as I was sorer than a prostitute outa practice from the hike. All I could do was piss myself with laughter while limping behind trees as this bugger finally gave up and waddled back into the scrub. The next thing I did was look around to see if anyone was watching!
    Had some very close calls with deer while riding but never snakes.
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  18. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    Well its cooled down now, so we should have seen the last of these chaps for a while!:deal
    I spend a LOT of time in the bush and I rarely see a snake, but the bloody things were everywhere this year!!
    Some of the ones I got pics of......
    1 Nunniong Rd, Vic
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    2 McKillops Bridge
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    3Bega area... beautiful diamond python, I had one of these as a kid for a pet, but it used to freak my Mum out too much so it was liberated!
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    I moved him off the road for his own well being![​IMG]

    Also at Dalgety at Xmas , there were Tigers everwhere, ayoung girl was bitten and had to be airlifted to Sydney! I saw one there 3 weeks ago, but the local council has acted!:rofl [​IMG]
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  19. KLEaner

    KLEaner Been here awhile

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    First ever ride in the bush when I was a young bloke and about 100m down the single track from the trailer I ran over a 5ft brown on my '81 XT250. I believe I completed what is called a "clicker" without leaving the ground :lol3

    Scared shite out of me and took me a few rides to get over the prospect of another Joey having a go at me....

    Cheers
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  20. outback jack

    outback jack Long timer

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    Now if i remember correctley the pay back system in PNG back then was $10 kina for a chook $50 for a dog, $100 for a piglet, $500 for a sow, and next plane out if you got a local, before they got you :eek1
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