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Ok. So I have had a few close calls in my day but this one takes the cake. Today I head out to the shop to jump on the bike and ride to dinner. I put the key in and start to swing my leg over and see a big snake coiled up in the engine. This is whats left of it. No free rides Copper Head. I was late for dinner. Had to change my shorts. Damn! lol
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Woah!?!? On the engine? that would freak me the hell out. The pic of the outcome gives me some satisfaction though. Glad you're ok! Your bike keeps some strange bedfellows.
 

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Not what I was expecting to see or read after I saw the thread title!

That is properly scary!
Thank goodness the worst thing we need to worry about getting bitten off in the UK, is midges!!
 

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Wish I would have gotten pictures or video of it slithering around the exhaust and making it's way down to the belly pan were I hosed it down and chased it to the corner of the shop, but I was to busy crapping my drawers. lol
 

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Where are you located? Copperheads are not unusual in this part of the USA. We also have Timber Rattlers though they tend to stay more reclusive. What did you use to kill it? That large rock in the photo? I suppose I would have gone for the 20 ga. myself, so long as the Copperhead had left the bike. Nicely done!
 

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Where are you located? Copperheads are not unusual in this part of the USA. We also have Timber Rattlers though they tend to stay more reclusive. What did you use to kill it? That large rock in the photo? I suppose I would have gone for the 20 ga. myself, so long as the Copperhead had left the bike. Nicely done!
I'm located in Missouri about 18 miles out of town in the woods. After I got it off the bike and in the corner of the shop I used a pellet rifle. It didn't kill it but hurt it bad enough that I swept it out with a broom and cut it in half with the shotgun. It was still moving so took another shot with the pellet rifle right behind the head. That was the shot that finally killed it. I have been out here in the country for 10 years and this is the first up close and personal I have had with a copper head. They are fairly thick in this part of the country but this was a first for me.
 

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Ok, thanks for the Information, I can happily cross Missouri of as places I would like to visit, Australia lost years ago as I realised that just about every single animal on our planet that uses poison lives in Australia!!!!:concern:
 

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You ride a Scrambler, where is your spirit of adventure!!
I lost it to Military Service, during which time I jumped out of serviceable aircraft, climbed mountains, skiing, sailing, abseiling out of helicopters, travelling to far off exotic lands, jumping from cliffs where no sane person would even contemplate and many other crazy things from my youth that I would rather not talk about.

Riding a Motorbike is as much adventure as I need these days. :icon_biggrin:
 

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Ok, thanks for the Information, I can happily cross Missouri of as places I would like to visit, Australia lost years ago as I realised that just about every single animal on our planet that uses poison lives in Australia!!!!:concern:
...and that's just my relatives...you should see the snakes, spiders and marine nasties...
 

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Ok. So I have had a few close calls in my day but this one takes the cake. Today I head out to the shop to jump on the bike and ride to dinner. I put the key in and start to swing my leg over and see a big snake coiled up in the engine. This is whats left of it. No free rides Copper Head. I was late for dinner. Had to change my shorts. Damn! lol View attachment 5309
Half a dozen or so more and you got a killer seat cover

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Australia lost years ago as I realised that just about every single animal on our planet that uses poison lives in Australia!!!!:concern:
All snakes are protected here even the poisonous ones.

You get used to the fauna here like having a 4" Huntsman appear on your car dash board as you drive. (They are harmless BTW)


Or a bull ant on the bathroom floor at midnight (the bite site will swell and sting for about 2 weeks)


Or having Skippy land right in front of your front wheel when traveling at about 90kph (55mph) at 11pm at night (see the fur on the tyre)


 

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And you didn't skin it for your new boots? Not even eat it? Shame!!! Copperheads are so yummy.

Kidding aside, glad you're ok.
 

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These are regular visitors at my place - non venomous 'carpet' python, usually 2 -3 metres in length. Sometimes they shed their skins in my garage.

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