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Old 07-21-2013, 12:43 AM   #136
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Was at our local park today and there was a rattler coming out if the bushes right next to the children's play structure. This was at 8pm. Darn thing should have been wherever it should have been at dusk and not there. That's the desert for you. I hate snakes.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:05 AM   #137
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This thread makes me reconsider my trip! I am completely phobic of snakes. I would not have been able to step foot back into the resort never mind the room. Alaska is looking better and better.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:57 AM   #138
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We saw two on our last trip and both my mom and I were completey terrified (she needed to go back the resort the first sighting). My husband knows to check the room before we'll step inside. Luckily, we don't have mousekeeping coming in. We will absolutely be on the look out during our trip next month.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:06 AM   #139
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My biggest nightmare. I think I would faint right there. That would scare the living lights out of me.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:44 AM   #140
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Found this...now, I am fine with snakes, have no problem with them, they are not aggressive *usually unless they feel threatened...just saw a water moccasin yesterday and he politely moved off my path...I will pick up rat snakes/king snakes and move them...they are wonderful predators for the barn mice and rats that I would rather not have to deal with...I just don't want them in my pool...but be prudent and anytime you're near a water source don't go reaching into bushes without checking first...

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 anitivenim. 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 survived, 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 definitely be more cautious. Just be aware of your surroundings.
Bless your son (and you having to watch him go through that, so scary!) This is the similar situation that occured with a child at BC a few years ago, dropped something near landscape and the snake bit him while reaching in to grab the toy. That child was ok as well, but had to be hospitalized too. So sorry you had to go through this!
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:57 PM   #141
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That's HORRIFYING

I'm not scared of snakes but I'd be traumatised by finding one in my suitcase! I'm glad disney dealt with it quickly though
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:01 PM   #142
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That's why we never stay on ground floor!!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:18 PM   #143
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yuck

I hate snakes and would live happily the rest of my life if I never see another one again. I am glad I read this though, will definitely not be requesting bottom floor! I do also hope that little boy who was bit in May is doing well.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:16 PM   #144
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What fresh heck is this?!?! Why did I not stop the second I saw the word snakes! For the love of pete, i'll never get to sleep there now.
Exactly!!! I can't stop reading this thread, and I'm never going to be able to sleep tonight!
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:29 PM   #145
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I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm glad your son's ok. I despise snakes.
Thank goodness you responded so quickly and sought immediate attention! I'm glad your son is recovering!
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:58 PM   #146
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So what about the person at the CR on a higher floor who found the snake wrapped around the curtain rod a few years ago?
What?? Umm..yes, I would completely freak out!! Yikes!!
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[QUOTE=maxiesmom;49021667]That is like saying someone visits the bayou, and complains about the gators, and you agree they should be better managed.

Reducing the snake population would mean an increase in rats and mice and other really icky things. Not a trade off I would want to make.

Not to mention, there have been 2 problems with snakes reported over the last how many years? Seems they do a good enough job of handling them already.[/QUOTE

That's why there is alligator season as a way to control the population. Have you seen Swamp People? Also, if you're brave enough and think that Wildlife and Fisheries aren't around, gator season is year round.
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Bless your son (and you having to watch him go through that, so scary!) This is the similar situation that occured with a child at BC a few years ago, dropped something near landscape and the snake bit him while reaching in to grab the toy. That child was ok as well, but had to be hospitalized too. So sorry you had to go through this!
Just to clarify the post you quoted. The story was not that of the poster. It looks like they were trying to quote the story others had referenced regarding CBR. That incident happened in 2009 to another poster.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2277822
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:13 PM   #149
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I was going to ask if any of the snakes at WDW were poisonous, but I guess now I know the answer to that!
There are only 6 species of venomous snakes native to Florida and only 4 of those might be found in the Orlando area. The timber rattlers and Copperheads are rarely found as far south as Orlando.

So that leaves the Cottonmouth (water moccasins), Eastern Diamondback rattler, Pygmy rattler, and Coral snake. None are aggressive and most people that are bitten by these snakes are bitten on the hands, so just don't try to pick them up. Also watch where you are walking if you are barefoot. Deaths from bites by these snakes are very rare.

You should be much more concerned about lightning at WDW than snakes.
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Just to clarify the post you quoted. The story was not that of the poster. It looks like they were trying to quote the story others had referenced regarding CBR. That incident happened in 2009 to another poster.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2277822
Oh thanks, I didn't notice that.
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