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Dennis the corn snake is back (and hiding) #imtoocool4u #snakesarecool #idontreallylikecorn #animalsofroom162

An Owl and Copperhead from last night. #snakesofgeorgia #snakesarecool #copperhead #barredowl

Slitheryn to the weekend 🐍🐍
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Feisty Night Adder we released today 🐍🐍🐍
Thank goodness for boots πŸ˜‚
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#tbt to that time I accidentally touched a western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox - the most BA scientific name ever!) 😲 I was trapping smammals on Kirtland Air Force Base for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/U.S. Air Force. My technician and I set 200 traps in the evenings and checked them in the mornings, usually at 0600. This particular morning I grabbed the trap to check it and realized that I had grabbed something else as well. It didn't rattle and it didn't move. I guess it was cold. I momentarily freaked out and then promptly went the car to get my camera. I also made a note on my glove not to worry about trap H6 😬 Lots of quick snacks in the desert (third photo) for rattlesnakes!
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I ended up having three VERY close encounters with western diamondbacks but quickly realized that snakes are pretty damn diplomatic. Western diamondbacks have hemotoxic and neurotoxic elements in their venom and gigantic fangs with which to deliver venom. But, even though they're capable of inflicting a lot of damage it seems they just want to be left alone. Snake life = eat rodents, make babies, avoid predators, and generally ectotherm their way through the day. Basically the same things humans want with the exception of external temperature regulation...because we're endotherms πŸ˜ƒ
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When they rattle that is defensiveness, not aggression. They can't eat us and would prefer to survive another day to eat another rodent. Keep your hands and feet where you can see them, know the snakes in your area, leash your dog, and stay on trail where possible. For the love of all things please don't kill a snake. I get that folks have a base fear of snakes (ophidiophobia) but that doesn't mean that they have to bear the brunt of our fear.
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πŸ˜‹πŸ Snakes Are Fun! #SnakesAreCool!!

A cute little snake I saw on this evening's Nature hike ❀️🐍

Cute little snek friend that I met on the hike. First he slithered into the bush to hide, then poked back out to pose for the camera! I think he was surprised I stuck around to stare at him 🐍
Oh, and some neat patterning in the trunk of an aspen along the way.

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Afternoon mood....slithery! When guests try to snake your weed...πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜€ #finedetailgreenway #fdg #snakesarecool #indicatimepnw #cannabisismedicine #painrelief #topshelfbellingham

A snake I have been wanting for a while now but just haven’t found the right one. Well last weekend I found the right one. Welcome to the family #vietnamesebluebeauty These snakes are some of the most beautiful snakes as adults. Sadly, I bought a Pueblan Milk Snake for my girlfriend and he decided he could be Houdini and escape under lock and clamp. I’m not sure how this happened but I’m sure he will show up sometime πŸ˜… #snakesofinstagram #snakesarecool

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