Crotalus horridus — The Timber Rattler

Stumbled on this guy on our hike yesterday…just a beautiful, beautiful snake.  The yellow phase of the Timber Rattler (Crotalus horridus).

Look at those eyes!

Look at those eyes!

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Gorgeous

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Do not disturb

According to Wikipedia: “Potentially, this is one of North America’s most dangerous snakes, due to its long fangs, impressive size, and high venom yield. This is to some degree offset by its relatively mild disposition and long hibernation period.”

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3 thoughts on “Crotalus horridus — The Timber Rattler

  1. Beautiful pics! It’s so nice for someone to see a rattler and not freak out. When we saw a snake as a child, any sighting resulted in much screaming and drama from my mother. Of course, where she grew up, there were daily threats from rattlesnakes and scorpions, so I guess she’d had a lot of exposure. Still, it’s nice to hear someone handle it calmly, respect the snake (with lovely pics) and then move on!

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