Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Surprise in the driveway
Timber rattlesnake! Crotalus horridus.
A big one.
His tail was raised but he never rattled it.
He was beautiful.
And a little scary.
I really wasn't that close - this is max telephoto zooming.
I didn't realize that snakes had eyebrows.
They make him look agressive, even though he wasn't.
Do snakes bristle their scales? It seemed like he was doing that.
They are sometimes called Canebreak rattlesnakes in south Alabama, but are apparently the same species.
There are six poisonous snakes in Alabama, but I've only encountered three of them. And this is only the third time I've ever seen a rattlesnake. (I've run across lots of Copperheads and Water Moccasins, a.k.a. Cottonmouths.)
I looked it up, and the eyebrow scale is called the supraocular scale.