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Old 09-11-2009, 10:45 PM   #196
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I am glad to hear your son is O.K. That is very scary to think about...
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:58 PM   #197
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Wow! What a story! We've had a snake in our room---very very very small non-poisonous snake that they immediately came and took out. We were on the first floor and he really wasn't much bigger than an earthworm. Still.... So glad to hear your son is fine!
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:26 AM   #198
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I sort of wish I didnt start reading this because now I'm afraid to go to Disney but Im still going. I just want to know how often these snakes are seen around there?

How far from the grass & landscape should we stay away from?

Should we stay away from the lakes & boats too?

I definatley wont go into Tom Sawyers Island now.

Has anyone seen any on the rides like Jungle Cruise or Its a Small World?

I would hate to run into one on Pirates Of The Carribean since its dark & cant see anything.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:52 AM   #199
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I sort of wish I didnt start reading this because now I'm afraid to go to Disney but Im still going. I just want to know how often these snakes are seen around there?

How far from the grass & landscape should we stay away from?

Should we stay away from the lakes & boats too?

I definatley wont go into Tom Sawyers Island now.

Has anyone seen any on the rides like Jungle Cruise or Its a Small World?

I would hate to run into one on Pirates Of The Carribean since its dark & cant see anything.
If you stay on the paths, you should be fine. At the time that the OP's son was bitten, it was right after we had a very large amount of rain. The cottonmouths were pushed from their normal habitat due to high water. The were warning people on the local news about this and had reports of locals being bitten. Those conditions have changed.

Just don't reach into bushes. Stay on the paths. Do not go off into high grass. I'm not talking about the manicured lawns. Stay away from bodies of water such as lakes, ponds, etc. You should be just fine on the rides. The snakes really don't want to be in areas with high traffic. They definitely wouldn't like the treated water on the rides. I would say that Tom Sayer's Island would be fine if you stay on the paths and regularly maintained play areas.

For the most part, the snake most people see in Florida is the black racer. It is Florida's version of a garter snake. It is harmless.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:20 AM   #200
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Oh wow!

Thank you for the warning. I know we are more careful at Fort Wilderness b/c it is so woodsy, but I would have never thought to do that in a more manicured area.

I can't imagine how you guys felt at that time.


This warning goes for all of Florida though--we are a tropical climate and the critters are here. (We went to a beach in St. Augustine and saw a poisonous rattler of some kind--A lifeguard came to check it out and I said they should have warnings--he said they do b/c the dunes--that you never walk on and that are roped off---are full of them. Trust me when I say that they DO NOT have a poisonous snake warning at all!!!)


We were at MK one year an they had a gator in the water---They posted a CM nearby to make sure folks wouldn't feed it. I assume they must have caught it by now--but that darn gator was pretty tricky to catch.

CM's are always on the lookout for you--and if ever you spot anything, certainly let a CM know.
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wow...I'm so glad your son is ok.. I'm not going to sleep well tonight, as my husband just posted a pic of a 3 foot cottonmouth they killed in the bay of his fire station this evening. I know this is Florida and we have snakes but I'm scared to death of any snake
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:38 PM   #202
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I am so thankful your son is OK. How horrible that must have been for all of you. It just gives me chills!

We have seen 2 snakes on property - both times late at night on sidewalks. One at CSR and one at POFQ. I never even thought about them being in the landscaping. I will definitely make sure we are more aware of our surroundings in the future. Thank you so much for the post.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:43 PM   #203
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holy crap!

glad your son is doing well, i can't even imagine...

going to give my DS's an extra hug
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:49 PM   #204
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WOW! That is very scary! I'm so glad your son is ok! Now I'm scared!!!
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:03 AM   #205
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Thank goodness he is alright! I can't imagine... Thank you for posting this thread. I will be keeping a close eye on my children.
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