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Sistrurus catenatus tergeminus
This rattlesnake has a row of dark brown blotches that run down the length of its back. It also has three small rows of lighter colored blotches along each side. This snake has keeled scales, a vertical pupil (not round), and an obvious heat-sensing pit between the eye and nostril.
Open prairie / cattle pasture
I chose Father's Day to do my very first road cruising of the season and it paid off. This snake was the first thing I found and it was less than 2 miles from my driveway. I like to get out on some rural county roads that are nothing more than gravel between fenced pastures. Sometimes I get lucky and find quite a few snakes.
Spotted on Jun 17, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012
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