Yuck! Snakes!? in West and Southwest Posted June 10, 2004 Thanks guys for grossing me out. I hated those pictures. Our team consists of a sissy girl (me) and my 7 year old son. Do you think I have a smaller chance of running into a snake during fall & winter? Please no more yucky pictures There is always a chance of running into rattlesnakes in San Diego, even on maintained trails. We've only encountered one (heard but not seen) in two years of caching, but plenty of people before and after us at places we've been have seen snakes that we didn't see there. Be wary of warm, rocky areas. Put your stick into a hidey-hole instead of your hand. Don't make a bigger deal of it than it is -- I don't like snakes either, but they're not lurking behind every rock and you aren't at all likely to be bitten. Just stay aware of your surroundings. Don't let your boy run ahead recklessly in a snake-happy area. We see lizards all the time, but have never had a visual on any kind of snake at all. If you cache near streams or in the woods or places where snakes are somewhat less prevalent, you will inevitably encounter poison oak. Be sure you can identify it before you risk walking in it. Personally, I fear it more than I fear snakes!