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Here in the southwest deserts the weather could'nt be better for hiking. With afternoon highs in the mid 70's to upper 80's its been perfect. But remember all critters enjoy this weather, especially or non-legged friends.
Tho I have'nt seen a Rattler yet this year on the trail, the Lizards tell me there out and about. No I have'nt lossed my mind and having conversions with the Lizards (tho I do talk to em now and then, they just never have much to say)
My last few hikes I've seen tons of lizards! They where very active in the mornings and then sunning on the rocks untill the hottest part of the afternoon before taking cover in the shade. When the sun gets low they're out and about again. Well as the Lizards do, the snakes do. They too will be out in the open during the day catch'n some rays, and finding nice shady spots for the afternon heat.
Contrary to popular belief RATTLE SNAKES WILL NOT ALWAYS RATTLE TO ANOUNCE THEMSELFS! I've walked right past within a foot of them and never herd a thing outta them untill I stopped, noticed em, then of course had to mess with em a bit with a stick, then he rattled and wandered off.
If you just use a little caution and common sense you can avoid a bad encounter. If you do come upon one, Please dont harm them, they wont attack or chase you down. If you give them a chance they want nothing more then to be left alone and to get away.
Always pay attention where your putting your feet and hands
If you have to go thru thick brush or bushes, leed with your poles, staff or any random stick. Let it surprise the snake and take the hit. Just one more use for trekking poles ...... snake charming.
Anyhow, just thought I would put a friendly reminder out about snakes.
Enjoy the weather and have safe travels