Discussion in 'Resort Community Threads & Photo-Video' started by 2disneyboys, Mar 11, 2009.
Thanks, got me decided about asking a second floor at POP
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Yes, I saw this, too. My DD8 had clear, specific instructions to keep clear of the banks. I don't mind snakes, but what is with the freakin' huge spiders in FL? I'm from Ohio. Our spiders die in the winter time? Give me a snake anyday!
I found two tiny lizards in my room at Sports early one morning, hanging out on the back of the door... Didn't see any snakes, thankfully.
After reading this I am definitely keeping my eyes open. I have to admit I did have a few good laughs reading the stories. If we ever found one in our room we would leave everything behind and just go home with the clothes on our back. No way do I want to bring one home as a souvenier.
The worst thing I ever saw at WDW was a bat sleeping near the trash can MANY MANY MANY years ago
I have never seen a snake at CBR but I did see an alligator. I saw a snake at POFQ last year. Hope not to see another one again.
I should not have read through this lol.... We have been talking about buying into DVC this week and we would buy at AKL and I am freaking out Im going to find a snake, I honestly can deal with anything just not them! lol
Can more people who AREN'T seeing snakes post? I've already decided to not stay at Pop (to be farther away from water) and stay at Music (far less slithery sightings). There's got to be thousands who DON'T see any, right? lol Please say yes! Between this and the Bed Bug thread I'll be needing S.W.A.T gear to check our room. lol
I stayed at POR and saw NARRY a Snake and it's right on water. You can see snakes anywhere. Don't fret over the possibility you might see a snake. There's more bugs in FL than snakes!
Stayed at POR in August, walked along the river every day. No snakes, no mosquitoes, only geckos scooting around and a nice brown bunny on the mansion lawn.
Snakes are pretty common in the southeast. Where my boyfriend works a copperhead has been seen in their office building.
Just be careful and the only two poisonous ones in the area would be copperheads and water moccasins.
Any other snake is usually a rat snake and usually will be more scared of you!
ummmm...the Eastern Diamondback is very poisonous and is all over Florida
Information is power...There are actually 6 venomous snakes in FL. 3 rattlesnakes (timber, eastern diamond, pygmy) coral snake, cottonmouth/water moccassin and copperhead. The copperhead is rarely seen in Orlando. Snakes as a rule NEVER WANT to bite anybody. They feel vibrations of foot traffic and would prefer to scurry away. If you watch where you put your feet in wooded hikes, etc and treat snakes respectfully without harassment your odds of an aggressive encounter are slim to none. Accidents happen, but seriously, in the US there are only about 3 snake bite deaths yearly & about only 1 per year in FL and that is often in more wildlife areas or where snakes have baracaded themselves in sheds, etc. There's so much commotion going on at the resorts, snakes WANT to get away. If you see one, stay clear. Likely, you will see mostly nonvenomous for the mere fact there are 38 species of them in FL and only 6 species of venomous ones. My Nephew is a wildlife guy (actually friends with Swamp Brothers) and he says that most bites are from people who think they can catch a snake. Some bites aren't, but some are just from people NOT being careful.
All of that said, don't fret, don't be dissuaded. The likelihood is so small. You're most likely to be bitten by a mosquito or, worse, run over by a stroller!
well great. i am now terrified!! i never even thought of that! i am staying at POR and there are PLENTY of areas that i bet snakes LOVE to hang out in! and i am an animal lover and environmental geek and i know that they reside in the area and need space and to be left alone and whatnot, but i am scared of them and i don't want one showing up in my room, slithering into my bed and biting me! lol
although, after reading this i feel a bit better.
Oh.my.goodness. I knew about FL being gator territory but never would have thought about snakes in rooms or at the parks. YIKES is not a strong enough word! I HATE snakes in general, but the venomous kind are obviously far worse than any other. As other posters asked but I didn't see an answer for, what do you do if someone gets bitten? Would it be worthwhile to carry a snake bite kit? Do you just call 911? How lethal is the venom of the various dangerous snakes in FL?
I'm shocked that there have been sightings in any parks. If they're not aggressive, why on earth would they want to be near so much foot traffic? And with all the turnover in rooms, how do snakes get in without anyone seeing? (esp. long enough to have a nest!) The last thing I want to be worrying about at Disney is snakes!!!
Are they less common at certain times of the year (like Feb I hope!!!)?
Sooooo sorry I opened this thread.
In Florida snakes are pretty much around year round. In a room very unlikely, thought it could happen. However they are in the shrubs and such so stay on the walkways, don't cut cross lawns and such and stay out of the shrubs. I would stay away from pond and lake edges due to gators and snakes.
As to what to do, immediately call 911, I would not recommend a snake kit as that at times can make it worse.
I hate to say it, but a bit of Disney magic has just slithered away for me. (pun intended) I guess one could argue that at least I'm more aware now, but still, I'm sooo sorry I read all this. I'm completely freaked out.
Being a numbers person, I went in search of some useful statistics to help me put this in perspective and mitigate the fear. In the U.S., there are about 8,000 venomous snake bites reported annually. TX and FL do seem to have the largest populations of snakes and probably the most snakebites. As of mid-July, FL reported 330 venomous snake bites. I believe I read that 40% of all annual snake bites are caused by people trying to catch or kill a snake. With WDW hosting over 30 million guests annually, odds of being bitten truly are very low. Additionally, there are only about 12 deaths annually from snake bites in the U.S. Again, odds are way low. Spider bites account for more deaths than snakes. The venom that snakes inject is voluntary, which means they don't always do it, and the amount of venom injected can also differ. Some snakes do inject more in self-defense than for killing prey, but snakes in general do not go after humans. That's good news! The bad news is that snake bites are always more dangerous for children than adults. And no matter the bite, call 911 immediately. I think I'd also snap a quick pic of the snake if safely possible, to help doctors identify the type of venom. Don't know about you, but the statistics do help me feel at least a little better. (not that it amounts to a hill of beans if you do wind up with a snake in your room )
We just returned from POR and found a baby Black Racer right inside our door. He was about as big around as a pencil and about 10 inches long. The door opening I guess killed it. My wife and I were getting ready to pack the car up to leave and my daughter said "hey check this out."
The gentleman from the plant department came and got him and said it was pretty common to see black racers.
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