Pepper Spray against BuzzTails is very effective when used properly. Proper use is to spray the BuzzTail's eyes from less than 12 inches for six seconds (;D...Why not just walk away?
Less than 12"?
Are you insane? and 6 seconds? Have you ever tried this? And was the bite venemous? unbelievable......
At that distance you are a snakebite victim waiting to happen. I once rolled to a stop at the Colorodo River on my YZ dirt bike, if I had rolled any further, even 6", the front tire would have been smack dab right on top of a 3' rattler with a bunch of rattles on it. I didnt even see it for a minute, it blended in so well. I stopped to drink some water, and was resting, had been on a 6 mile ride, when I saw it while stopped. Thatclose to running it over. I bet it would have been pissed. I was carrying , wearing a sidearm. I could have shot it, but it was easily in striking range too. I decided to wait (in the hot morning sun) and after what seemed like an eternity, it slowly crawled off. I let it go. Karma. It could have easily nailed me but didnt so I returned the favor. The longest 5-10 minutes of my life. Dont tell me guardian angels dont exist. I know better. Back at the camp, everyone wanted to go shoot it, and that thing no doubt could have been dangerous, I remember it was a quarter or halh a mile away, was all. But after it leaving me alone, I did the only thing I could, I sent the vigilianties off in the wrong direction.
My question to Terry is this: Could this thing have bitten me while stretched out laying flat in the trail, or would it need to get in a striking mode first? My mind was racing, I would have bailed off the bike realfast if I could if it made any moves, but all ended well. I dont know what kind it was, maybe a db(?) but it was early spring and it was real glossy like it had shed or something. I counted around 14 rattles. My eyes never left it for a second. I need to publicly say 1 more time: THANK YOU GOD! Now I try to pay much more attention out there.