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Now this is a REAL rattlesnake by kayaksailor Now this is a REAL rattlesnake by kayaksailor
The other day I put up a shot and video link of a gopher snake acting like a rattlesnake - got the real thing today!!

[link] to hear the real thing!!!

Gopher snake - check out the video of the actor within the comments
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:iconthresha:
thresha Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
They are awesome creatures, but I don't like having them too close to my house
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I've never shot one of these! Way back, I did some surveying in TN and had to shoot plenty of copperheads!

Walt
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I'd much prefer a rattlesnake, at least they give you a warning!!
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I give all snakes that don't identify themselves the same warning... BANG! We did have a couple of cute little garter snakes in NJ; I liked them!

Walt
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
luckily I've never lived anywhere where poisonous non-rattlers lived, lol, we just were careful when we were back in NC...
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Lentekriebel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:fear:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
:laughing: yeah...
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Yuuuuup. I've had a lot of experience with these--always turned out for the best for me...not so much for the snakes :iconikillitplz: :D They are beneficial creatures though. Just wish they wouldn't hide out in the granary
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
:rofl: Thanks for the laugh! (great e-con) The last one (two nights ago) was all nicely curled up under the flowers that I was about to water :faint: it got relocated too...though I was sorely tempted to let it stay in hopes it would catch the dang gopher that keeps nomming on my flowers :shakefist:
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RCPage Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Arrggghhh...FaceBunk...:)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
LOL, sorry!
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RCPage Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
:giggle:
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rtsphoto Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope they don't come my way. Rob by you has had a lot this year as well.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
:nod: lots of complaints
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot. I like that you included the rattle.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
lol, yeah, one of the identifiers :giggle: along with that head!!
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alimuse Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh. Very nice. He's a muscular one, isn't he?
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
very! and FAT - there are way too many gophers around this year...
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:iconalimuse:
alimuse Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well,I guess not so many with this guy eating a few of them! :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
LOL! There are lots to share :D
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Great shot,can even see that the rattle was rattling!!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
:D Glad you can tell :love:
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
:D :nod:
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DuncanJBerry Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Thanks!!
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Myriadelle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yuck!!! I was hiking a couple days ago and froze when I heard the real thing. I could hear him, but couldn't see him hiding in the shadow of a boulder.

They are gorgeous in their own way. You've captured the dry glow of his scales. Great shot.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I've only seen one when out hiking - my husband found it first...it was in the shade of a tree, off the trail, and I'm not sure how he even saw it!!

Thanks for the kudos :blowkiss: it was a healthy one :love:
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natureguy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ruth,You now have a GREAT shot of a Rattler...So from now on PLEASE stay way back and out of harms way!!

It's cool how you did shoot this one while in the can, when I first saw this pic it was like, this is one Crazy Lady getting that close!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
LOL, I let my husband do the catching :nod: I just bring the can to him :D

We always take care around them - we're too far from medical help :giggle:
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
eeeeks. I've been way to close to these guys in the past! They are beautiful and terrifying at the same time!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
so far we've always seen them first - heard them a couple times but can still see them :nod: I still remember the emotion of fear the first time I heard one in the "wild" :fear:
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I as around 12 I think when I had my first encounter, in our back yard, I was taking the trash out and had decided to be a little lazy and just reach over the fence and toss it into the cans. I got up to about 12 to 14 inches or so between my toes and the cinder block fence, reached over and then heard it..... looked down (arm in the air over the fence holding kitchen trash), saw it... screamed and flew into the air and back. Next thing I know, I'm at the back door, trash still in my hands, screaming in a panic straight into my father. It didn't bite me, you would have thought that by my screaming. My Dad proceeded to go out there with a hoe, but no, he didn't kill it... he poked at it with the other end. Our dog was even curious... I was freaking out! He eventually carried it back out into the field on the end of the hoe and let it go! It was about a 5 foot long Texas rattlesnake. I refused to take the trash out from that day forward! (So glad my mom backed me up on that one!) It was still alive and out there somewhere and as far as I was concerned, it was going to come back for me! LOL I like snakes, but not THOSE kind. The non lethal kind are much more my taste. Tho taste wise, rattlesnake is good. I've eaten it a few times, very tasty. :D Taste like chicken! Tho I have a story to tell on that too! LOL
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hokeywolfe Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Awesome picture! So jealous. I walk our woods everyday looking for one for a picture. Haven't seen an Eastern Diamondback nor even a Pygmy!

PS: Going to stalk ... oooooppps, I man, "Watch" you! :D

:flowerpot:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Seems like when we go looking for them they know it and slink off :laughing:

:wave: thanks for the stalk!
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ashleywarfield Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
cool
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
:nod:
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ashleywarfield Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
:happybounce:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I love such a surprise at the bottom of a garbage can! :love:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
LOL, we put it there :D Would rather find one in the can than in the mailbox :giggle:
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NigNag Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
good one
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Thanks!! I'd be very fine with not seeing any more this year :nod:
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meihua Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
*echoes David* Why were you so close!?
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
LOL, I wasn't that close - it is in a large garbage can and I'm a foot or so above the edge so maybe five feet away? :shrug: I felt safe at the distance - they can't strike that far anyway :D

This guy was grumpy but it never, ever struck - not at my husband when he grabbed it, or anytime in the can or when it was being released...
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meihua Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
*phew!*
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
:nod:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
damn ruth.. stay away from that thing
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
:D Thanks for the concern but we really were in no danger - they can only strike about a 1/3 of their body length and I was further away than it looks :w00t: for zoom lenses :giggle: It is in a large garbage can...
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what a great surprise for the garbage man1
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
:rofl: :facepalm: We do dump them out LOL - in a non-populated area, of course :laughing:
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