Went out for a lunch time run today. Cruising along the shoulder of the road, listening to my ipod; when all of a sudden my SEWS (Snake Early Warning System) went off and I realized I was a few feet from running on top of a snake! Pretty good size, about 3 1/2 feet long, maybe 1 1/2 inches in diameter or so. I don't think it was a rattlesnake, as there were no rattles and the head was not that large, triangular head. It had similar brown/black markings, and didn't seem to be real happy. I'm used to seeing smaller snakes on the road, but they are usually dead from cars getting them. This one was bigger and definitely alive :)
I must have jumped pretty good when I saw it, as a guy pulled over to see if I was OK. This being Texas, he was in a pickup, and he did complain that he didn't have his gun with him... Too bad I didn't have my Heart Rate Monitor strap on, would have been interesting to see the HR spike as I realized I was almost on top of a live snake!
Ah well, gotta pay attention folks, gotta pay attention.