Don't Tread On Me!
Baby Western Rattlesnake
|Spring day hike through beautiful oak woodlands. But watch where you put your feet!|
|A baby Western Rattlesnake barely 12 inches long. It ooked like a casually dropped piece of jewelry.|
|Note how the color of the lower portion of its eye matches its skin pattern.|
|Baby rattlesnakes often remain motionless, and therefore unnoticed along the trail.|
|Keeping my distance, I was fascinated by the intricate pattern of this rattlesnake's skin.|
|Another trail user got too close, greatly annoying this little snake.|
|Feeling threatened, it slowly coiled into a defensive position.
Its tiny, single-button rattle vibrated constantly but made no sound.
|The intent was to encourage the little snake to seek safety off the trail.|
|What a fascinating skin pattern!|
Eventually the snake got the message. It glided off trail in a smooth, fluid motion
|County Park trails are beautiful in spring. But watch where you put your feet.|
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