I Brake For Rattlesnakes !
25 October 2008
|A Western Rattlesnake in danger of being run over and killed by a passing car.|
|So I stopped to see if I could hurry it safely on its way.|
|But instead, it felt threatened and coiled itself into a defensive position.|
|Rattlesnakes "puff themselves up" to appear larger, more formidable to perceived enemies.|
|Head held low with about a foot of muscle tensed and ready to deliver a strike.|
|In full sun and feeling very threatened, it gradually began to coil tighter to protect itself.|
|Snakes instinctively try to conceal their heads from the hot sun and from a frontal attack.|
|At this point, a passerby stopped to lend assistance.|
|Drawing the snake's attention to the hammer, he was able to grasp the snake's tail.|
|And that immediately caused the snake to uncoil and flee for its life.|
It hissed and rattled its tail continuously as it disappeared into the roadside grasses.
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