Big snake on the road!

Discussion in 'Road Bikes' started by Light of Aria, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Gave myself a scare twice this week cycling along the A264, a NSL dual
    carriageway, at maximum speed.

    On Sunday, I suddenly see a snake right in front of my wheel! Holy crap I
    thought.

    It looked about 1 metre long and pretty wide in places, but sadly for the
    snake, it had been well and truly deceased by traffic already and part of
    its guts were spread all over the road.

    I cycled past it / over it again last night, and although I was expecting
    it, it still gave me a scare approaching it so quickly. This time about half
    of it was left and the crows and carrion feeders had taken the rest.

    I presume it was a harmless grass snake: Green in colour but thick and scary
    in size when you approach it at speed.


    This matches it's look:

    http://thenaturalstone.blogspot.com/2004/09/snake-not-in-grass.html

    http://www.wildlifebritain.com/thegrasssnake.php
     
    Light of Aria, Jul 1, 2010
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  2. But did you spot the badgerbadgerbadger?

    Guy
     
    Just zis Guy, you know?, Jul 1, 2010
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    Nigel Cliffe Guest

    I've met at least two cycling.
    One not dissimilar to your description, which was a (flattened out) grass
    snake, on a bit of road I must ride three or four times a week. It took a
    while for the skin to finally disappear from the road.

    One was a live one, crossing the road with some speed. I think the small
    group all missed it, it certainly continued into the verge.

    Yes, somewhat alarming when seen suddenly. Must be some sort of learned or
    inate response to snakes !


    - Nigel
     
    Nigel Cliffe, Jul 1, 2010
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    All I have to say on the subject is "Mushroom! Mushroom!"

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    Dave Larrington
    <http://www.legslarry.beerdrinkers.co.uk>
    The sixth student said, "I ride my bicycle because I want people
    to look at me and say 'Wow! He looks really good up there!" The
    teacher replied: "Go away, Fabrizio".
     
    Dave Larrington, Jul 1, 2010
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    Squashme Guest

    Dead fox by the road in Wimbledon today. Sad sight. Although
    momentarily I did think "What a nice brush. Shall I remove it?." Well,
    I had a Davey Crockett hat when I was a kid, and my aunt had added a
    fox's brush to it.

    OK, I'll get me pelt.
     
    Squashme, Jul 1, 2010
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    Leg End Guest

    There was an example of said same beast at the top of Tite Hill in Egham
    on Tuesday. Again, one end of the snake had been flattened by tyres, but
    the intact end did look pretty thick. Dull green in colour, upto 2
    inches in diameter. First grass snake I've seen since I was a kid.
     
    Leg End, Jul 1, 2010
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    Wm... Guest

    Thu, 1 Jul 2010 12:19:06 <i0hru9$foq$>
    Possibly OT but snakes are good and the chances of getting bitten by a
    venomous snake in the UK are almost zero unless you keep one in a tank
    *and* antagonise it *and* put your finger in it's mouth just to test.

    If, while cycling, you happen upon an adder, just watch it for a while,
    you'll feel better, promise! It won't attack your brake systems or
    gears! It'll be wondering, "what the heck are these big things around
    me that move?, I was expecting, or at least hoping for, another snake of
    my kind", play nicely this summer with reptiles, folks, the UK has a few
    that are in decline and should be respected.
     
    Wm..., Jul 1, 2010
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    Rusty Hinge Guest

    Nigel Cliffe wrote:

    /snakes/
    How do they work the pedals?
    Yes, more than likely. Spiders too.

    I think I'm a bit odd (cueueueue Dave L and Guy) 'cos I like spiders and
    snakes - always have.
     
    Rusty Hinge, Jul 1, 2010
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    Jim A Guest

    I was late at work today, and on the cycle back saw a small deer (which
    I see occasionally) but also a fox (alive) which I've never seen on my
    commute either dead or alive so was pleased to see it.

    I hope I don't see the half-eaten remains of a small deer tomorrow morning!
     
    Jim A, Jul 1, 2010
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    Rusty Hinge Guest

    No there isn't, not if it was a metre.
     
    Rusty Hinge, Jul 1, 2010
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    Rusty Hinge Guest

    Unlikely to be an adder as these seldom (if ever) reach a metre in length.

    Smooth snakes do, but are very rare, and confined to a small area in the
    south of England.

    Grass snakes can reach almost pythonesque proportions, if viewed with a
    pinch of salt and a strong hyperbole sauce.

    Pity.
     
    Rusty Hinge, Jul 1, 2010
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    Jim A Guest

    My Dad (a now-retired zoologist) was bitten by an adder once many years
    ago, but he had just caught it so that probably counts as antagonism,
    and he had just put his finger near it's mouth when he reached over to
    his jacket pocket to check the time on his pocket watch and his hand
    brushed the bag he was holding it in, in his other hand.

    Fortunately it was a plastic bag and most of the venom dripped down the
    inside of it rather than in to his finger.
     
    Jim A, Jul 1, 2010
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  13. You mean they look like something completely different?

    Guy
     
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    Mike Causer Guest

    This week I went to a newly refurbished pub (ex-Prince Albert, old A45
    Cambridge to Newmarket) where there used to be a real live python for
    many years. No, it's not there any more. Maybe 8-12 feet long IIRC.


    I was worried about a possible dress code and my yellow (Ozzo) cycling
    socks and (Team Lotus F1) T-shirt until I saw the proprietor's
    luminescent green socks...

    Beer good (Cambridge Brewery), ambiance good, experiment in Mexican
    food handed around the bar to ask what we thought good, attitude to
    cyclists in yellow socks good. I'll be going there again!


    Can I give them some publicity? http://www.themissingsock.co.uk/
    Actually if I'd seen this website first I wouldn't have gone there, but
    the pub is a lot more cyclist friendly than the website seems.




    Mike
     
    Mike Causer, Jul 2, 2010
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    Wm... Guest

    Fri, 2 Jul 2010 00:27:12 <20100702002640.1334444b@surya>
    There is no accounting for what some people will do to avoid washing.
    Snake's alive! I'm not sure we're meant to have socks while there is an
    RFD ongoing over there ---> :)
     
    Wm..., Jul 2, 2010
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    Jim A Guest

    I don't think Rusty expected an inquisition.
     
    Jim A, Jul 2, 2010
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    Wm... Guest

    Thu, 1 Jul 2010 22:44:30 <4c2d0924$0$27999$>
    Pocket watch and plastic bag? Year-ish, please <-- not nasty, just
    curious about when this might have happened.

    Jim's dad may, of course, have been the sort of person that retained a
    pocket watch in his suit's vest pocket many years after plastic bags
    became familiar to us all.
     
    Wm..., Jul 2, 2010
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    Simon Brooke Guest

    I used a gold hunter pocket watch for a number of years - would still
    be using it, probably, if it had not been stolen. It was made in 1903,
    as I recall, but kept perfectly good time and was a lovely object.
     
    Simon Brooke, Jul 2, 2010
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    Ian Guest

    *Nobody* expected The Inqisition.
     
    Ian, Jul 2, 2010
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    Jim A Guest

    I would guess around 1972-ish.
    Some years after wristwatches were more commonly worn too! I still
    fondly remember him winding his pocket watch up at the breakfast table
    (I would have been about 6 years old at the time).

    I think it was after the incident with the adder that he took to wearing
    a wristwatch instead.
     
    Jim A, Jul 2, 2010
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