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Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

Reported By:
Joshua R. Dimpfl
October 8th, 2007 - 08:29 PM
South Carolina
Road Cruising


Rattle-less Rattlesnake. After doing some daytime herping by some lakes and coming up short on larger species, we decided to start road cruising. We spent a good hour road cruising, finding a tiny baby copperhead and nothing else. Kyle's dad was telling a story about if he saw a particular guy hit his wife, he'd knock him out and when he woke up his head would hurt and he'd be saying - "WOAH MOTHERF***** WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! WOAH!" We obviously thought his dad was deep into the story, until he started yelling "WOAH! TURN AROUND! SNAKE!" Kyle whipped around and sure enough...our third canebrake was just crawling off the road. We didn't plan on going road cruising so we lacked hooks/tongs and any sort of container. I grabbed a stick and broke it in half, using them as hooks, once the snake had crawled up on them, I tossed him in the bed of Kyle's truck. No sooner we did that, we were on the phone with Adam to tell him to bring his equipment with him, so that we can safely get the snake back to take photographs of it. Adam showed up about five or ten minutes later to relieve us from our babysitting duties. This male was funny, most people who catch rattlesnakes often check to see how many buttons they have, this male had NO buttons what so ever, but it was clearly an adult. Check him out!