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Venomous. Fast striking. One of the most common rattlesnake species in the Central US, but only the second most common species for human bite records in the US (Behind the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake in California at number 1). This medium bodied snake can be found in array of habitats including those occupied by humans. Though fatalities are not likely from a bite if proper care is treated, the utmost respect must be given when they are found in the wild. Back in March of 2008 I went to Sweetwater Texas to attend the rattlesnake roundup to document the horrendous slaughtering of thousands of snakes, looking for species accountability - i.e. hoping to find a protected Timber Rattlesnake taken in by mistake to push getting them shut down. During my time there I did an excursion into the Canyons where these rattlesnakes were photographed and one collected (with proper permissions and all licensing from the state). I proceeded to do a tour in Texas with 3 of the 4 deadly snakes to give ID classes to individual groups and organisations. Hopefully this show paid off in the end with the lives of harmless snakes being saved by proper ID.
Spotted on Mar 8, 2008
Submitted on Dec 31, 2012
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