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My son has to do a wildflower project at school. About 2 weeks ago my wife came home around mid day and went down on the place close to the creek looking for flowers. She took a bunch of pictures and found some flowers and a nice fresh shed antler. So last night she was looking back through her pictures and noticed this rattle snake. See the tip of her shoe in bottom left.
 

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Looks like that one needs to die.
 

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No telling how many we have stepped over while cruising timber or hunting and never noticed them. Just goes to show that snakes are not “out to bite humans”.


Had a buddy that was turkey hunting last year and had a rattle snake crawl up next to his hip. He had been hearing something move but thought it was a turkey slipping until he felt it touch him. He sat there for a while then got a little stick and eased him away.
 

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No telling how many we have stepped over while cruising timber or hunting and never noticed them. Just goes to show that snakes are not “out to bite humans”.


Had a buddy that was turkey hunting last year and had a rattle snake crawl up next to his hip. He had been hearing something move but thought it was a turkey slipping until he felt it touch him. He sat there for a while then got a little stick and eased him away.
In my experience rattle snakes have always been very docile. Unless they are in my yard I leave them alone.
 

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rattlers outwest are being "evolved" by round ups and such. so rattlers that don't alert with a rattle live and breed. thanks nature :)
In a lifetime of nearly stepping on, sat on one, riding up horseback on, catching them; the majority did not rattle until really provoked/cornered. It's a little unnerving, to be working cattle & ride by some prairie salt grass & have a rattler staring at you about 4+ ft off ground & hasn't made a soundo_O.
 

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In a lifetime of nearly stepping on, sat on one, riding up horseback on, catching them; the majority did not rattle until really provoked/cornered. It's a little unnerving, to be working cattle & ride by some prairie salt grass & have a rattler staring at you about 4+ ft off ground & hasn't made a soundo_O.
Yeah, that Times 10
 

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Your wife needs a forward spotter and Quick-Draw Mccraw if she does not carry a pistol with shotshells when picking flowers.She will probably be looking everywhere for snakes now.
 

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I don't see a rattle on that one. So don't think it's a rattler...looks more like a yellow circle snake. :lol2:
the picture isn't perfect. the pattern is def. right for a timber rattler. only pattern I could think of close would be a eastern hognose. a nice head shot would remove all doubt.

posture, body shape (angular and thick as apposed to round), scale texture, can tell you a whole lot more than color or even pattern. the best way is to catch it :)
 

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a couple examples of color phases of eastern hognose, and a copperhead. since every snake is variable in color and pattern (like fingerprints and zebras) you can not use color and pattern to fully ID a snake. it can get you in the right direction, but without more info. you'll be seeing black mambas and pythons hanging from trees.

here is a beautiful northern watersnake in the blue.
 
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