at Tue Nov 5 09:09:20 2013 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by AaronBayer ]
generally, most snakes will be brumating at that time, however i've personally observed prairie rattlers crawling (slowly) across the snow just a little further north outside of Rapid City SD. So never assume that snakes won't be around due to temp/ time of year.
also, there really isn't much reason to be terrified of snakes, but there are plenty of reasons to respect them and their space. try picking up a few books and reading about the animals... that will almost certainly calm your nerves and make you feel more comfortable about going into their world.
lastly, the best thing you can do to avoid any problems with snakes it to watch where you are going, where you are stepping, and where you put your hands. dont put a limb anywhere you can not see, such as over a large log/rock. the snakes really don't want to hurt you or waste venom on you. so unless you accidently or purposely mess with one, there is very little to worry about. If you see one, just slowly move away... no big deal.
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