(A week late on posting this) But WOW what a beautiful home I sold in Canebrake S/D. I had the pleasure of getting to list this home and getting us to the closing table just in time for a new family to enjoy this home for the Holidays. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of an awesome team -Wyn Motter, thank you so much for bringing the new owners of this home and being so easy to work with. It was a pleasure all the way around. Congratulations to all!
Regan Dartez, REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Don Nace, Inc. Realtors
One of four neonate canebrake rattlesnakes the boys and I had the good fortune of observing near momma a few months back. Young canebrakes aren’t the beneficiaries of maternal care, but they will often remain close to mom until their first shed (approximately 7-14 days). Therefore, you don’t have a very big window of time to observe babies curled up close by momma before they part ways. The window to view neonates with adults may be longer among northern populations in mountainous areas as they are known to hibernate in communal rookeries and babies have been observed following the scent trails of adults into hibernacula.
It can sometimes be a little confusing if herps aren’t your thing, but timber rattlers found along the coastal plains are often referred to as “canebrakes”. There are some differences in appearance/behavior when compared to their northern timber rattler counterparts, but they are considered the same species. Canebrakes possess black chevrons, but are lighter in appearance than northern timbers with a background color that often has a pinkish hue. Baby canebrakes are basically replicas of adults also possessing the orange/brown dorsal stripe that is so typical of canebrakes, but neonates are usually a lighter gray and only equipped with a single black button (as pictured). Personally - I find these canebrakes to be the most impressive snakes we have in the Birmingham area. For size reference those are pine needles surrounding this young C. horridus. ——————————————————————————#timberrattlesnake#crotalushorridus#rattlesnake#crotalus#velvettail#herpinghopperboyz#herping#herp#snake#venomous#canebrake#snakesofinstagram#herpsofinstagram#alabamaoutdoors#fieldherping#venom#alabama#horridus#pitviper#crotalus#naturephotography#reptile#rattler#nikonwildlife#neonate
Wow what a night at the PineBelt Foundation’s Bourbon Celebration! Last year we blew glass withVIP’s, this year I made a firebox with the sponsors names. I always enjoy working with @rhonda.hayden and the @pinebeltcommunityfoundation they really know how to throw a party. 325 Tickets sold and fun had by all:) Thanks Canebrake for letting me have a big fire, good thing it’s been a rainy week🔥
I had a funny pic of Harry, he was my helper for the looong day of the event. Thanks @harryt1393
Otw to the lake, this guy is crossing the road and I miss him with the truck tires and boat trailer tires! His lucky day, I figured I'd help him on across the road, probably the last one I'll see this year!
So with all the chaos of the open house, I forgot to post our newest member...a Canebrake Rattlesnake. Most girls get flowers...my friends bring me extra special gifts! These guys are found in Fl. but not in central fl., more up in the panhandle & Georgia border. They are venomous & this one is pretty high strung...all kinds of “fun”! Really beautiful snake! Thanks Greg K.! Love my new baby! #rattlesnake#canebrake#venomous#animalsanctuary
@vipermanfred holding a male timber rattlesnake after we PIT tagged it a couple weeks back. This guy musked me in the face, and let me tell you.. that stuff doesn't smell or taste pleasant.
Snakes excrete musk from a gland in the cloaca and will musk as a defense mechanism. Some snakes, such as the timber rattlesnake, can eject their musk in a stream that can travel some distance, just like this guy did.
Most (if not all) snakes have musk, but each species varies in how stinky it is to humans. Personally, the worst musk I've encountered has been from colubrids, notably the Eastern garter snake and the Northern water snake.
In September 2014, I flipped an overturned shower bottom from a burned down trailer in east Texas to reveal a mother canebrake rattlesnake with a litter of 18 babies!
On this morning I was entertaining Todd Battey, a herper and friend from San Diego. He had been eager to see both a canebrake and a western pygmy rattlesnake, but I cautioned him that both could be difficult in east Texas even when targeting the right areas as to not set expectations too high.
Much to both our surprise when this was the first find of the trip, flipped on a mild but muggy morning shortly after sunrise. We would go on to continue our fortune by flipping a calligaster, roadcruising a pygmy that night, and finding another canebrake the following evening!
Gravid female timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) from my rainy outing yesterday.
Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous and females give birth to live young after carrying eggs inside their body. Gravid females are those that are "pregnant" with young. As the young inside the female develop, they become larger and the female will thus have a larger girth. This is evident in this female by her stretched out tail region, where you can see the white between her scales.
As you can see by her completely white eye, this female is getting ready to shed as well.