Snakes in EPCOT?

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Snakes in EPCOT?

In case you haven't heard, we have had a very very rainy summer. I just heard on the news that this brings out snakes, they like to lay across the warm pavement.
This would explain the experience that Mike (dh, aka luvduffy) had at EPCOT last Wednesday. He went to the Lynard Skynard tribute band concert at American Gardens. Riley (dd) and I went to do some other things, so we weren't with him. During the concert there was a disturbance down in front. People all moved away and a cm came with a big stick. Mike assumed it was probably a snake although he did not actually see them remove it. That was bad enough. As he was walking around ws to meet us, he came across a big crowd in the middle of the sidewalk. As he approached and parted the crowd, there was a long snake stretched across the sidewalk! He took a look at it with a flashlight cell phone and saw yellow red and black stripes. This is one of 2 kinds: a king snake which is very poisonous, or another kind, which is not dangerous. He told the crowd to move away as he was not sure which kind of snake it was, but was bothered by the many tourists trying to show their kids the big snake. He faded into the crowd and continued on as he saw several casts members heading toward the crowd, so we don't know how it ended, but assume the cm would take care of the situation.
We have been to Disney 1000's of times and we have never seen a snake there! We have actually marveled that we know they are there, but we've never seen one! Now 2 in a night, crazy! Obviously we live in FL and snakes are a part of life, like it or not. I am not scared of them, and if you leave them alone, they mind their own business. (I've had them in my classroom a couple times and it's not possible to leave them alone).
Wondering if anyone else has had any snake or wild life experiences in the world?

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Just this one which I have posted before, I think personally I would rather face the gator, I HATE snakes.

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I have seen several snakes at times there, but I don't think they were at the parks, just the resorts. We did see 1 alligator in Seven Sea Lagoon a few years ago on the way back to the Poly. It was right up against the sea wall at the GF.

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if one of our managers at Star Tours ever got a call that there was a snake somewhere around there I would hope that I would be the one who got to go catch it! laugh I studied Herpetology in college so I absolutely adore snakes. biggrin

Also, if the snake with the yellow & red was big, it was probably a scarlet king snake, which isn't poisonous. It mocks the pattern of a coral snake, which is extremely poisonous.

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Bad news then, I thought it was long but he said no it was smaller, so possibly a coral? Living down here I really should know this. I DO know a pygmy rattle, we have lots of them at school.

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We did see a snake when we were there in April. It was right outside the MK exit as you walk towards the ferry boat. It was just slithering across the walkway path. Everyone got out of the way until it went back into some shrubs. First time we ever saw something like that. eek

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There's a rhyme to remember the difference between and King and Coral snake.....
Coral snake- red, black, and yellow- I'm a poisonous fellow
King Snake- Red, Black and white- No harm from my bite

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ick. i hate snakes, spiders and all things creepy crawly.

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dontthrowsand wrote:
ick. i hate snakes, spiders and all things creepy crawly.

No kidding! We were at the gas station this weekend and as I was pumping gas, I looked down and saw a daddy long-legs spider on my ankle. I screamed like a 3 year old girl and was yelling at Joe to GET IT OFF OF ME!!!!! OMG I hate any creepy crawly thing on me *shudder*

I do believe I caused a small scene.... Shock

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I don't mind snakes - I've gotten used to them living in FL. We found a snake in our washing machine once and have had a few just come in and slither before my dad puts them outside! I've never seen any at WDW, but I've seen plenty of lizards there! I second the comment above - I HATE spiders. We had one a couple weeks ago that was in our house, but it crawled away. I'm still scared to sleep haha! Ooh, now that I remember, I once walked into the bathroom and looked in the toilet to see a frog just swimming there! yuck

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JeffC wrote:
dontthrowsand wrote:
ick. i hate snakes, spiders and all things creepy crawly.

No kidding! We were at the gas station this weekend and as I was pumping gas, I looked down and saw a daddy long-legs spider on my ankle. I screamed like a 3 year old girl and was yelling at Joe to GET IT OFF OF ME!!!!! OMG I hate any creepy crawly thing on me *shudder*

I do believe I caused a small scene.... Shock

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JeffC wrote:
dontthrowsand wrote:
ick. i hate snakes, spiders and all things creepy crawly.

No kidding! We were at the gas station this weekend and as I was pumping gas, I looked down and saw a daddy long-legs spider on my ankle. I screamed like a 3 year old girl and was yelling at Joe to GET IT OFF OF ME!!!!! OMG I hate any creepy crawly thing on me *shudder*

I do believe I caused a small scene.... Shock

rolling rolling rolling. Okay Jeff, I cannot read your posts when Im alone at work cause you almost made me pee myself!

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Ok... thats it. Not going to Disney now. Canceling our reservations!

:::Runs for the hills:::

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Holy Moly... It's never occurred to me that snakes are just a part of life in Florida. We had one visit our Camp Site at Ft Wilderness when I was a kid, but that never translate in my brain to there being snakes everywhere. sarcastic

Hrmmm.... bugs, humidity and alligators I think I can get over, but I'm not so sure about snakes!

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AAHHHHH!!!!!!

I just shivered in my seat.... this is the last time I check this thread out..... eek

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Vettelover wrote:
Just this one which I have posted before, I think personally I would rather face the gator, I HATE snakes.

OK - now I will be scared to go into the bathrooms! laugh I don't think I would have been able to keep my hand steady enough to take a picture of that - I would have been running shrieking out of the room!

I guess that's one good thing living in the north - no gators, (except the ones people smuggle home, and let loose in the ponds), and usually just garter snakes.

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Last November I was one of the first off the monorail at MK and as I walked down the ramp I saw a snake sunning itself in the middle of the ramp. It quickly slithered into the bushes when the crowd of park-goers approached, obviously more afraid of us than anyone in our crowd might have been of it. (I'm not afraid of snakes, but that doesn't mean I want one slithering across my feet at WDW.)

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Someone needs to make this thread go away lol. I am sure you ALL must be mistaken, WDW only has fake snakes in it. Yep, I am sure that is the case. Please do not bother to come on here and tell me I am wrong cause I have my fingers in my ears saying nananananananana.

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scrappy wrote:
Someone needs to make this thread go away lol. I am sure you ALL must be mistaken, WDW only has fake snakes in it. Yep, I am sure that is the case. Please do not bother to come on here and tell me I am wrong cause I have my fingers in my ears saying nananananananana.

Scrappy I am with you!! They are all fake at WDW and I will not see one while I am there!!! I ran over a real 5 1/2 foot rattlesnake with the lawnmower in the front yard. I don't do snakes, even if they are pink with purple polka dots!! The lawnmower ended up going up the back steps still running!! Haven't mowed since.

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eww I not scared of snakes but I don't think I want to come across one. Like mase said he's deathly afraid of snakes.... So I guess we don't have to worry about moving to Florida now

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Scrappy, Dinah, I'm so sorry. I'm sure that was an audio-animatronic snake I saw on the monorail ramp at MK.

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Scrappy, Dinah, I'm so sorry. I'm sure that was an audio-animatronic snake I saw on the monorail ramp at MK.

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Vettelover wrote:
Just this one which I have posted before, I think personally I would rather face the gator, I HATE snakes.

So.. this is for real? I thought I was seeing things when I saw a small gator swimming around behind the Riverboat at the MK!

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Yes it's very real!

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They were there before the rainy summer. I saw one last year around Christams in Epcot's big store (I think it is called Mouseworks). They were trying to cach it but having little success. They respected the snake enough to use percaution. I was suprrised by it's size. Eventually it just slithered away into the bushes preventing anyone from going after him. 100% true story.

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mrhub wrote:
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Scrappy, Dinah, I'm so sorry. I'm sure that was an audio-animatronic snake I saw on the monorail ramp at MK.

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I am so deathly afraid of snakes! I almost don't want to go to Disney anymore lol. I am not lieing when I say this either when that snake picture opened it's mouth I almost fainted. That is how petrified of them I am.

I can't imagine walking into the bathroom and seeing a gator, and if I was in Animal Kingdom I would have probably thought it was a decoration haha

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Nefferz wrote:
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Just this one which I have posted before, I think personally I would rather face the gator, I HATE snakes.

So.. this is for real? I thought I was seeing things when I saw a small gator swimming around behind the Riverboat at the MK!

Very real! Welcome to Florida Smile

Most of the time the wildlife stays hidden and isn't seen by the public, however every now and then a guest has an interesting encounter. The alligator in the bathroom is my favorite story because I can just imagine him walking through the park on his way in there.

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I'm amused by the snake-fearing people who expect to be able to stroll through life without ever encountering one in the wild.

I'm afraid of spiders. THEY LIVE IN MY FREAKING HOUSE. And on my deck railings, and in my bushes, and occasionally on or in my car. So snake-haters, count your blessings.

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crazycatperson wrote:
I'm amused by the snake-fearing people who expect to be able to stroll through life without ever encountering one in the wild.

I'm afraid of spiders. THEY LIVE IN MY FREAKING HOUSE. And on my deck railings, and in my bushes, and occasionally on or in my car. So snake-haters, count your blessings.

Do you have a spider-hunter to keep you safe?

I am the great spider-hunter in my house. They terrify Kim, too; just the other day I got home from work and she was sitting on the patio. Waiting for me. Couldn't get in the house because of the spider relaxing by the door. I saved her AGAIN, poor girl. I can tell by the tone in her voice if it has her by the ankle or is just tippy-toeing near her!

Now snakes. . . I grew up with snakes in the orchards and around the farm. I have a healthy respect for them, for sure, but the give me the willies.

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We had lots of encounters with deer and even a gecko in our cabin (he was on my bedroom mirror..the wood frame) but no snakes. Watch now that I say that they will be everywhere this trip!!!