It's going down, I'm yelling Timber. ...But this ain't a Ke$ha song. These are Timber Rattlesnakes, and their populations are going down... timber.
I love these snakes. To me they are a symbol of true wilderness comparable to bears or moose. When I see a Timber Rattlesnake, I am forced to recognize that I am in deep in the woods; in a well protected fragment of forest that is undisturbed and natural enough to support these things.
Unfortunately, they do not receive the same sympathy as the other creatures. They are thought to be dangerous, menacing animals... but when I saw this one preparing to cross the road I saw it for what it was: a helpless, nearly blind thing that time has forgotten living in a world it does not recognize.
I felt like I was watching an old man struggle helplessly with new technology or a blind woman waiting for an endless stream of cars to stop and allow her safe passage.
Until the 1970s people could receive a bounty for killing a Timber Rattlesnake. Today they suffer from a deadly fungus and the special places they live are in constant threat of destruction.
When you see a snake, remember you're seeing something special... something that has survived a history so deep it's hard to fathom by hiding away deep in the mountains, swamps or under the ground. Look around you and appreciate what nature is still there to enjoy. They deserve respect like all the creatures of the forest and they could surely use our help.
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So, when I first parked at the pond where I'd find the juvie moccasin, this little friend came right out in front of my car as I was stepping out! A gorgeous baby banded #watersnake with a hell of a bite for being the size of my hair stick. Funny how the nonvenomous snake had a worse attitude. #fieldherping#herping#herpetology#nerodia
On sunny days cold blooded creatures are often attracted to the warmth of roads and bike paths. Unfortunately this often leads to high mortality rates. I found this Slow Worm sunning itself on a bike path. Judging by the smile on its face it wasn't too worried about the traffic!
In Dutch it is called a Hazelworm however it is not a worm, nor is it a snake. It is a legless lizard. Having lost their legs long ago through evolution, they appear quite snake like yet they retain some key features that make them lizards - Their tounge is not forked, they have ear openings and they have eyelids. So if you ever see a snake that winks at you, think twice 😉