What kind of snakes?
Incidentally, my college roommates from Billings and Helena used to refer to Laurel as the meth capital of Montana.
I won’t even pretend to be a snake expert, but the one in the middle of the trail was almost certainly not a rattlesnake. The other ones I didn’t see, just heard them slither through the grass. (I guess they could have been lizards or mice...)
Oh dear, if your Billings roommate was saying that, that probably means something. I haven’t heard ONE good thing about Billings from any Montanan. And I’m working in Laurel every weekend for the rest of the month, go figure.
Maybe they said it was the ice capital of Montana and a passing Australian got confused. ("Ice" is a common Australian term for meth, which can result in some must-be-confusing-to-foreigners headlines - "Traces of ice found in water" being one of my favourites).