Snake Tracks Field Update for 10-04-12

7 Oct

Today I found both rattlesnakes deep in the forest far from areas of Human habitation or visitation. They were only ~40 feet apart within the power line access way.  Zoe was sunning in the open under some brush and Utsanati was coiled at the base of a Mountain Laurel shrub beside the “trail.”  It is interesting to note that while tracking Zoe I had unknowingly walked within 2 feet of Utsanati and he never once moved or rattled!

Here is a photo of Utsanati.

Both snakes never rattled or acted aggressive upon my approach–they just remained coiled in resting coils despite the fact that I was only a few feet away as I collected my data.

Zoe as I found her.

After locating both rattlesnakes I made my way back up the steep mountainside and almost stepped on this little cute garter snake.

He posed for several photos and video–he was a bit more wary of me than the rattlesnakes who I believe have gotten used to me visiting them occasionally.

Take a look at the video footage from today below:

If the video does not show then you can watch the video on my Youtube channel. 

I am not paid to do this research–this is a volunteer project that I am undertaking to learn all that I can about these greatly misunderstood and amazing animals to further educate you about their beauty, uniqueness and intrinsic value to a healthy forest ecosystem.

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One Response to “Snake Tracks Field Update for 10-04-12”

  1. snake, tiger snake, reptile 11/25/2012 at 2:56 am #

    Hi, like your information. I really appreciate it. Great video!

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