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:

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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.

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These things are more common than I thought.

Next, a…’nother rattlesnake?

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

And again?

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Dear God, they’re everywhere.

Still?!

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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).

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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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