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Old 09-08-2009, 11:54 AM   #136
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Glad to hear he is OK! I am guilty of forgetting about wildlife, now that I think about it. DH and DS were all over the 'forest/shrubs' surrounding the bus stop at WL on our first trip, and often much around off the paths. I think I will just mention it to DH before our next trip...better safe than sorry!
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:56 AM   #137
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OMG how scary for your son and your family! i'm so glad he's ok!

Thank you so much for posting....i never in a million years would have worried about snakes! We are heading out to Ft Wilderness in December...and were very excited about the trails and woods and all the grassy places to play! Not anymore! they'll be lucky to get me out of the cabin now!
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:26 PM   #138
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I'm very sorry to hear about your son. Unfortunately snakes are a part of florida's atmosphere. There's simply no way to keep all the snakes out of WDW. It isn't covered by a bio dome of sorts like most people say. Glad your son is okay!
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:31 PM   #139
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We are heading out to Ft Wilderness in December...and were very excited about the trails and woods and all the grassy places to play! Not anymore! they'll be lucky to get me out of the cabin now!
Do not be scared, be cautious. Florida has literally thousands of miles of trails, there is even a "greenway" that you can walk, run or bike that crosses the whole state, 110 miles from Gulf to Ocean. These trails are used all the time and people that are cautious and stay alert rarely if ever have problems. Realistically, people who are not cautious and who do not stay alert rarely have problems either.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:20 PM   #140
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I want to share what happened to my son on our recent trip to make everyone aware and to be very careful.

At the end of May we were staying at the Caribbean Resort. We had only been there for 2 hours when we headed toward the bus stop to go to dinner. We were walking on the sidewalk when my 7 year old son dropped a toy into the landscaping. The toy landed less than a foot from the sidewalk edge into some very manicured landscaping. He bent down to pick it up, his feet never leaving the sidewalk, when he suddenly said, "Daddy, Daddy, something just bit me!" At first we thought it was just a prickly bush or a lizard until my husband saw the snake. We immediately called for an ambulance and I scooped him up, praying all the while, and headed for the bus stop to wait for the ambulance. The pain was excruciating and his hand began to swell. He kept asking me if he was going to die. Imagine hearing a question like that from your child and not knowing the answer. He was bitten three times on the finger by a water moccasin. We were first taken to Celebration Hospital and then transferred to Florida Children's Hospital. He spent three days in the pediatric intensive care unit and received 12 vials of anitivenin. The swelling reached all the way to his shoulder, but antivenin was administered before it invaded the shoulder joint, or he might have lost his entire arm. Thankfully the antivenin worked, he survivied, and was able to keep his arm and finger. For several weeks he was sleeping over 14 hours a day, one of the side effects of the antivenin, and he still has some stiffness in his finger.

I know the chances of getting bitten by a venomous snake at Disney are very rare, but it can and did happen. I just want to make everyone aware. It is a natural wildlife area. Watch your children around the landscaping, keep them from making shortcuts through it. Would our experience keep us from Disney in the future? No, but I would definately be more cautious. Just be aware of your surroundings.
My family is so relieved to know that your son will be okay!!!!!
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:33 PM   #141
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I want to share what happened to my son on our recent trip to make everyone aware and to be very careful.

At the end of May we were staying at the Caribbean Resort. We had only been there for 2 hours when we headed toward the bus stop to go to dinner. We were walking on the sidewalk when my 7 year old son dropped a toy into the landscaping. The toy landed less than a foot from the sidewalk edge into some very manicured landscaping. He bent down to pick it up, his feet never leaving the sidewalk, when he suddenly said, "Daddy, Daddy, something just bit me!" At first we thought it was just a prickly bush or a lizard until my husband saw the snake. We immediately called for an ambulance and I scooped him up, praying all the while, and headed for the bus stop to wait for the ambulance. The pain was excruciating and his hand began to swell. He kept asking me if he was going to die. Imagine hearing a question like that from your child and not knowing the answer. He was bitten three times on the finger by a water moccasin. We were first taken to Celebration Hospital and then transferred to Florida Children's Hospital. He spent three days in the pediatric intensive care unit and received 12 vials of anitivenin. The swelling reached all the way to his shoulder, but antivenin was administered before it invaded the shoulder joint, or he might have lost his entire arm. Thankfully the antivenin worked, he survivied, and was able to keep his arm and finger. For several weeks he was sleeping over 14 hours a day, one of the side effects of the antivenin, and he still has some stiffness in his finger.

I know the chances of getting bitten by a venomous snake at Disney are very rare, but it can and did happen. I just want to make everyone aware. It is a natural wildlife area. Watch your children around the landscaping, keep them from making shortcuts through it. Would our experience keep us from Disney in the future? No, but I would definately be more cautious. Just be aware of your surroundings.
I'm so glad to hear that your little boy is doing okay!!!

Just wanted to add that we were there just this past week and on more than one occasion I saw CM's looking for snakes. One of them being at the World Showcase next to the UK tea garden, across from it actually. 2 CM's were walking around with the metal sticks (sorry, don't know the name of it). I didn't realize there where snakes in wdw parks!!!

On a separate occasion my DH and DBIL saw something in the bushes at the WL. They thought it was just a lizard but later on someone in the area said they saw a snake in that same spot.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:37 PM   #142
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Glad he is ok.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:45 PM   #143
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I'm so glad he's doing ok--I can't imagine the fear, poor little guy. We live in the mtns, so seeing snakes is common, but I would have never dreamed that they would be at WDW--I figured that they would all be scared away by all the activity. Thanks for letting us know, I'll keep a close eye on my DD when we go in Dec!
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:48 PM   #144
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Florida is not a tropical paradise, it is a deadly swamp upon which we have used modern engineering to build a civilization that 200 years ago couldn't exist on the same ground due to diseases, insects, snakes, water, etc. Of the seven species of deadly snakes in the USA there are eight in Florida. Same for spiders and stinging insects.

Always a good idea to keep you eyes open in Florida no matter where you are - even the cities are built in "their" territory.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:07 PM   #145
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Oh my goodness...reading your story just caused shivers to go up and down my entire body! Wow!! I can not even begin to imagine what you went through. I'm just very glad to hear that your son is okay!! Thanks for the insight!!
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:15 PM   #146
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Florida is not a tropical paradise, it is a deadly swamp upon which we have used modern engineering to build a civilization that 200 years ago couldn't exist on the same ground due to diseases, insects, snakes, water, etc. Of the seven species of deadly snakes in the USA there are eight in Florida. Same for spiders and stinging insects.

Always a good idea to keep you eyes open in Florida no matter where you are - even the cities are built in "their" territory.
Native Americans managed to survive in these "unlivable" conditions for a long time before Europeans arrived and tried to "fix" everything. It is all about being aware of and respecting nature. I don't bother the snakes, and they don't bother me. I have lived with them all my life and been fine. That and the misquitos, wasps, yellow flies, posionous spiders, and other wildlife to be found all around me. If you respect their space and steer clear of them you will be fine. Ignore them at your peril.
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:03 PM   #148
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Thanks for the warning!!! That is so scary! I am so glad to hear he's okay!
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:29 PM   #149
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Don't forget the bears. The last time we went to Cades Cove, I just stuck in traffic in the mountains. There was a mama bear and her cubs maybe 20 feet off of the road. People were stopping in the middle of the road to get out and get closer to get pictures. I was like, DUDE! Mama bear! Do you really want to get attacked? Idiots! When dh worked at one of the hotels in Gatlinburg, they used to have bears out behind it all the time.
The bears have been more active this summer than years past. The dumpsters at my apartment were raided a few times, and we even had a 400+ pound male running around the parkway one evening back in May. Luckily, they have not been aggressive toward people (knock on wood).

As far as people getting out of cars or approaching the animals, the law has a no tolerance policy and has been fining (and in some rare cases, arresting) people who do this. I applaud the park rangers for enforcing this rule with an iron fist---for the safety of the animals, and tourists alike.

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Old 09-08-2009, 05:08 PM   #150
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Thank you for the warning!

I'm wondering if Disney . . . or any Florida resort property for that matter, takes extra precautions in the landscaped areas around the outdoor whirlpool spas.

I know that at the Animal Kingdom Lodge there is a lot of foliage around some areas of the outdoor spa -- so close that your head practically touches it if you sit in just the right spot. . . I remember thinking last year that it would be so creepy if a snake crept out of it and into the water.

Does anyone know if they do something, anything, to keep snakes away from the whirlpools? Are there such things as precautionary measures for snakes by whirlpools?
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