So...I tried to pet a rattlesnake the other day. Not on purpose of course. It’s like I was looking too hard for them, so when I put my hand on the rock this guy was under...I was thankful he wanted nothing to do with me. I heard him before I saw him moving away from me and was thrilled that was the direction he was going.
Here is what is funny about fear. I’ve come across grizzly and baby moose on trails. I slipped down a trail in Yellowstone that wouldn’t have ended well had Cody not grabbed me...and I recovered fairly quickly.
This? I knew I was fine logically. But my body? That jolt of adrenaline with fear...it took me a good 45 minutes to get over. I had a hard time making my feet scramble over the rocks. I had a hard time breathing and kept getting nauseated. Even though I thought the snake was beautiful and even enjoyed listening to him.....my sister kept telling me....let’s just slow down and you need to breath in and out. In and out. I’ve never had a reaction like this and I didn’t like it!
Anyways, I share that because while everything obviously went well....the power of our bodies natural responses amazes me.
Just a friendly reminder to watch out for snakes and be careful at there.
This is the snake in the previous photo the day I found him in 2006. I think the only thing he was missing was the button/prebutton for a complete rattle. Based on his size and at least 9 segments I guessed him to be about 6-7 at the time making him 18-19 years old now.
A large #cryptic Great Basin Rattlesnake is just minding it's own business, coiled up inside the base of a sagebrush bush. The tips of its forked tongue are visible along with its left eye and a heat-sensing pit. Dont mess with them and they won't mess with you.
A fortuitous stop in the middle of a sagebrush flat to look for sagebrush sparrows resulted in finding this Great Basin Rattlesnake on the left side of my truck and a lifer Long-nosed Leopard Lizard on the other side of the truck. I captured this in situ image from inside my truck as the snake was soaking up morning sun after a night of thunderstorms. Right time. Right place. Utah County, Utah, USA.
Im not a huge fan of snakes, and yet I keep finding myself near them. Im also not one of those that indiscriminately kill every snake they see. This little fellow (yes I assumed its gender, but not its preference) was about to get run over, I’d rather he went his way. I am always amazed that I almost NEVER see rattlesnakes in the desert, but I almost always see them up near the tree line. #coldboremiracle#freelancesharpshooter#snakes#rattlesnake#greatbasinrattlesnake#8000ft
Happy World Snake Day! I know not everyone digs serpents but I appreciate those who do...or are at least willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Information in the press and the movies often lends to their bad reputations, and they're often the target of many destructive superstitions. Most snakes I've encountered have been nothing but diplomatic...even the western diamondback (Crotalus atrox - the most BA scientific name!!) I accidentally touched while smammal trapping (not pictured). The two other diamondbacks politely rattled and went about their business of rodent control once I moved away.
These dudes and dudettes let me handle them (the non-venomous varieties) and I'm always amazed at how sweet and passive they behave. If they wanted to they could inflict serious pain, even with a bite, but they don't. Of the approximately 3,400 different species of snake, only 600 are venomous 200 of which deadly to humans. Remember, snakes need friends, not enemies 🐍
First pic is an oooooold photo of a racer snake (Coluber constrictor) at Crack in the Ground. The second photo is of a Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus) on the middle Deschutes.
#worldsnakeday#worldsnakeday2018#snakesofinstagram#snakesarefriends#herpsofinstagram#snakes 🐍 #snakesarecool#givesnakesachance#nationalserpentday#serpent#rodentcontrol#biodiversity#snakey#rattlesnake#greatbasinrattlesnake#crotalus#coluberconstrictor#racersnake
Here is a pretty Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) to celebrate #worldsnakeday - While out on an evening hike a few days ago @cameron.rognan spotted this girl, sporting a fresh shed, sitting out in the rain. Southern Utah, 2018 with @cameron.rognan @naturenate_95 @intothemojave