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| Did you say "BITE ME"? - Prairie Rattler |
Several years ago I was taking a morning walk along a dirt road a few miles from this location. At one point I turned around (still walking) to view the scene behind me. I probably walked 40 or 50 feet in this manner then stopped for a minute. When I reversed direction and faced forwards, a 5 foot rattler was basking in the suns warmth, perpendicular, across the road, a short 3 inches from my toes. I slowly backed up. He didn't move. It seems they get real calm when sunning. This event taught me a lot about the "real" nature of snakes, vs the Hollywood scripts.
The snake in this thread surprised me in that I drove over him at 30 mph (straddled), and he did not move or coil. I would have thought he'd freak out after being run over by a monster, like an SUV.