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A gorgeous yellow phase timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) from this summer. The alternate color phase found in Pennsylvania is the dark (black) phase. For research purposes, timber rattlesnake color phase is determined by the color of the animal's head.
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Canebrake rattlesnakes, Crotalus horridus, are one of my favorite snakes (I say that as if any snake is not my favorite). And this individual snake is one of my all time favorites. While performing a radio-telemetry study on the species in their small range in south eastern Virginia (canebrakes are a geographically isolated population from the Timber rattlesnakes in Virginia) I was able to observe several individuals during repeated visits to the study site. Canebrakes have many interesting behaviors, and one of them is ambushing. This species eats rodents, and a meal of one adult squirrel can sustain them for over a year! They do this by finding a route that rodents frequent by tasting the substrate with their tongues. Once they find a spot (usually a log or tree), they will rest their chin on the edge of the path, and wait until a rodent passes by. They then strike at the rodent, envenomating it, and release it to avoid being bitten. Once the rodent succumbs, the snake will follow its scent trail and consume it whole. I observed the animal in the photo in ambush posture over several months, changing location only once every couple of weeks, before finally catching a meal. Note how the animal is resting it's chin at the base of a small tree in this photo.
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The ability to go undetected can mean life or death in the wild. There are many ways that animals attempt to hide from one another, whether that it seeking shelter under an object, burrowing, being active only at certain times, or blending in. Camouflage is an impressive trick many animals possess that allows them to meld into the background, and become one with their surroundings. Some are better at it than others, and it is not limited to prey animals. Can you see the animal in this photo? It is a predator, the canebrake rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus. Here we see one blending in to the leafy forest floor of its natural habitat. While working in Virginia, I was lucky enough to work on a radio telemetry project studying the movement habits and home range of these species. As such, I saw many individuals on a weekly basis during the summer. Their camouflage is so impressive that I have seen experienced herpetologists come close to stepping on snakes that were otherwise well exposed. These snakes have a reputation of being aggressive and dangerous animals, and while they do possess potent venom able to kill an adult human, they are far from aggressive in most situations. Over the five years working with this population, I was rattled at precisely two times. One was the very first snake I ever tracked, and the other was a snake that rattled as it was fleeing from the group of ecologists. And this includes ll the snakes that were being handled for parts of the study! These animals definitely get a bad reputation, and one that they don't deserve. While the venom is something to be respected, if you keep your distance when seeing them, they are most likely to go the opposite way and leave you alone entirely.
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