This Month in Snakes, Rattlesnake Exclusive

Here we go!

First up, a Neotropical rattlesnake the monkeys spotted coiled in the brush. Their short, bark-like alarms clued me in to its location. Behold:

I like to play a game called, “spot the snake before the monkeys do.”

Next up, another Neotropical rattlesnake, this time caught in the act of crossing a trail. We almost stepped on it, all stretched out.

These things are more common than I thought.

Next, a…’nother rattlesnake?

Oh jesus, how many of these things do we not see?

And again?

Dear God, they’re everywhere.


Am I in heaven or in hell?

Okay, so snake diversity isn’t so hot in these parts. Apart from that boa a while back, and a few racers that disappeared before I could ID, it’s mostly these guys. Strangest of all, they don’t rattle. In fact, they deliberately hold their tail up to avoid moving the rattles. Rumor is that co-habiting with monkeys and humans for so long has selected for the most discrete snakes (monkeys and humans alike will attack or even kill any snake they see).

Stupid snake, what do you think that rattle on your ass is for?

I suppose I should be thankful there are no fer-de-lance around here. We would not be able to do what we do with those things around. I’ll take a few rattle-less snakes.

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