Been hiking for many many years and have come across very few snakes. This year is different, they're everywhere for some reason. Most are harmless bull or garter snakes, however on some recent hikes we've had rattle snakes lying in the middle of the trail. They were not defensive and didn't rattle as far as I could tell, they just moved out of the way slowly. We've been fortunate to spot them, otherwise we could have easily stepped on them.
None of my dogs seem to think too much of them, if the snake moves then they may watch with a little curiosity. Today a garter snake slithered under my girl as we walked, she only watched it dissapear into the brush. Same dog jumped up like a cat when a bull snake hiding in the brush hissed and thrashed around a bit, but other than that all the other encounters have been like "meh" .
Perhaps the Osprey will thin their numbers down and things will return to normal. Im ok with the snakes by the way, just weird to see so many.