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Posted: July 04 2002,10:25 am QUOTE

I've retired "Penny's Point" at Letchworth Park (NY), due to two reports of close encounters on different days in early July with a large (40 inches long, 2-1/2 inch diameter, 8 rattles) timber rattlesnake that has taken up residence in the cache area.  (also, the cache appears to be missing, both parties looked quite a while without finding it before encountering the "guard snake"; at that point they gave up the search).

I checked the New York State DEC's Amphibian and Reptile Atlas,

http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/herp/snakliza.html

and there have been no reports of rattlers anywhere in the Letchworth area (the nearest is 15-20 miles away), so it would appear to be an uncommon hazard, but it certainly warrants paying attention, especially with kids and dogs along in that part of the state.  And wearing boots instead of sneakers in the woods.

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    Posted: Aug. 10 2002,11:17 pm QUOTE

A month after the first sightings, the large rattlesnake is still in the area of "Penny's Point" cache at Letchworth.  Even though the cache is archived, the area was visited again by a cacher (rojar61) and his family (they were picnicing at Letchworth, he took them on a cache hunt).  He was using a stored waypoint from last spring, and didn't see the warnings on the websites.   Everyone's OK, but the cache report was listed as "not found".  

The cacher had a camera, and took a portrait of the apparently unhappy snake.  



Looks like it's still a good idea to avoid the area.  Details are in the last cache report with the "Penny's Point" listing on the other website.

Barrington

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    Posted: Aug. 11 2002,5:21 am QUOTE

Why retire it? Just raise the difficulty level, and add a vague warning. That is what I might do on one of my caches!  :D

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    Posted: Aug. 11 2002,7:48 am QUOTE

if you could find a way to get him in the box I would like to trade for his rattle. :grinnin

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    Posted: Aug. 11 2002,9:11 am QUOTE

Barrington
Had to crop about 300 pixels of "white area" off the right and bottom of your image so it would display properly. Just an FYI so you would know why it shows I edited your post.

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    Posted: Aug. 17 2002,9:17 pm QUOTE

This fellow was guarding my "Houdini" cache located in Virginia Beach. A fellow cacher took the pix while looking for the cache...nice size cotton mouth!



How would you like to reach down and pick that puppy up? :p

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    Posted: Aug. 19 2002,12:34 pm QUOTE

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How would you like to reach down and pick that puppy up?


"crickey, ain't she a beauty", "hey stop that, you trying to bite me? naughty little snake, you little bugger"

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    Posted: Aug. 20 2002,2:48 pm QUOTE

A cacher took this pic while looking for one of my caches in the Perinton,NY area. So please be careful when going after my caches in this area!



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    Posted: Aug. 21 2002,10:02 pm QUOTE

Quote (Hinge Thunder @ Aug. 20 2002,3:48 pm)
A cacher took this pic while looking for one of my caches in the Perinton,NY area. So please be careful when going after my caches in this area!


why do you guys get all the cool critters? all i've seen are the low(about none) level danger animals. :grinnin
Warning: deer may be watching if you visit this cache  :0o

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    Posted: Nov. 11 2002,8:54 am QUOTE

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I've retired "Penny's Point" at Letchworth Park (NY), due to two reports of close encounters on different days in early July with a large (40 inches long, 2-1/2 inch diameter, 8 rattles) timber rattlesnake that has taken up residence in the cache area.


"Penny's Point" cache is reactivated, relocated a few hundred yards from where it was.  I hope the snake doesn't go looking for it in the spring :grinnin

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Posted: Nov. 17 2002,4:54 pm QUOTE

Hey.....snakes hibernate in the winter don't they? :0

Anybody know if they are partial to ammo boxes?

Dx

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