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Rattlesnake & bicyclist: Sharing a drink on top of Mount Diablo

By Gary Bogue
Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 7:09 am in Mount Diablo, Rattlesnake.

Rattlesnake at base of drinking fountain at top of Mount Diablo. Photo by Steven James, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:
At the summit of Mount Diablo there’s a drinking fountain in the parking lot. When I ride my bike up there, I go immediately to the fountain to fill up my water bottle, putting my foot on the concrete base of the fountain as I operate the fountain. Today, as I was doing this and chatting with another cyclist, he backed up saying “Oh oh oh” and pointing to my foot, where 4-5 inches away was a coiled rattler sitting on top of the fountain base.

I backed away. Then I let the fountain run, producing a puddle. The snake slowly inclined to take a drink.  I think he was thirsty. The ranger up there said he is a regular who lives nearby.  Here’s a picture.
Steve James, Walnut Creek, California

Steve:
These days you always need to watch your step, even when you’re just getting a drink of water. /Gary

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