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Spooning with a Snake

I like sleeping under the stars. Is the fabled "rattler joins camper in his sleeping bag" tale at all a meaningful risk?

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Question:

I like sleeping under the stars. Is the fabled “rattler joins camper in his sleeping bag” tale at all a meaningful risk?

Submitted by – Peter, Monument, CO

Answer:

I’m pretty sure, but not positive, that at least one rattler has slithered into a sleeping bag already occupied by a human. I’m pretty sure no one was hurt. Sure, it could happen—but I believe it is highly unlikely. And I also think a wide ground cloth under your bag would discourage snakes since it provides a surface they are not used to crawling across. —Buck