It happened when my mate backed off and walked up a hill while I continued jogging slowly. I was scanning the trail (not particularly for snakes though) and may have turned around to talk to my mate and not checked the ground for a few mins - until my mate shouted out and told me there was a snake!! (within few inches of my legs)
Fortunately I didn't step on it and it decided not to chase me..
We hung around for a while and tried throwing rocks and small branches to get it off the road but didnt have much luck. Despite our warning, a couple of MTB riders decided to casually rode past the snake. Fortunately, the snake decided to continue its Sunday morning stroll into the bush and we continued our rest of the run in somewhat of a fear!
What should I know about snakes (and other dangerous animals?) and trail running..
anyone else had similar experiences? how did you deal with it? did the mtb riders do the right thing by simply riding past the snake and ignoring it?
any tips to minimise seeing them or getting bitten?
Edited by backofthepacker, 02 May 2011 - 02:39 PM.