Eye to Eye
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as this is my last post until we get back from vacation in Hyder, Alaska. We are off to see the salmon run and the bears that go with it.
I took this close up image of a Prairie Rattlesnake at work today. Here is some information on these snakes from Alberta Sustainable Resources.
Body is large and heavy, with a length that ranges from 80 centimetres to 1.4 metres (32 inches to 5 feet).
In general, male rattlesnakes are larger than the females.
Head is broad and heart-shaped.
Rough scales sit above the eyes, which are cat-like with vertical pupils.
Body colour ranges from yellow-green to brown, with dark brown, irregular blotches and spots down the back and sides.
Tail is tipped by a rattle that, when vibrated, makes a distinct buzzing sound to warn larger animals of the snake’s presence.
In Alberta, this snake ranges in Alberta’s Grassland Natural Region, south of the Red Deer River and east of Lethbridge.
Habitat for this species includes:
Drier areas of native grassland and sagebrush, often close to a river valley or coulee
Farm fields and pastures
Sandy soil near rock piles or flat boulders
Prey includes warm-blooded animals, including:
Juvenile ground squirrels
Adult rattlesnakes will also take amphibians and other reptiles if the opportunity presents itself.
Juvenile rattlesnakes feed mainly on invertebrates.
Adult rattlesnakes subdue or kill prey by striking and delivering venom through two elongated hollow fangs. Prey is consumed whole, starting with the head.
In Alberta, prairie rattlesnakes are active from mid-April to October. Winters are spent in dens, or hibernacula.
Are most active in the mornings and evenings of sunshine-filled days.
At night, rattlesnakes can be found on roads, where they are attracted to the heat.
Reproduction and Growth
Mating occurs when the snakes emerge from their dens in the spring. Breeding occurs every two to three years.
Female rattlesnakes carry their developing embryos in specialized membranes within their bodies, later giving birth to live young in August or September.
Rattlesnake litters consist of anywhere from 4 to 12 young.
Rattlesnakes are about 28 centimetres (11 inches) long at birth.
Young snakes reach sexual maturity at between five to seven years of age.
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- [2010-08-28 22:37]
I think this deserves a smiley anyway Rick!
I like the eye contact and sharp details of the face in this front view of a Rattler, including the forked tongue. You must have been close to take this!
Thanks and have a great time in Alaska.
Good morning MF Rick,
This is absolutely deserves thousands smiles but i can give only one:) Hope you do not mind this:) hehe..
Astonishgly awesome capture taken from frontal POV of this magnficent beauty with its lovely bifurcated tongue extended out while trying to smell you:)
Simply superb image MF! Habve a nice trip. I'll also go to S Anatolia tommrrow night! Take care!
- [2010-08-29 1:21]
Why no points? It deserves it. Fantastic fontal POV in excellent sharp details, also with the tongue. Great DOF and natural colours. Very attractive composition. Have a nice vacation!
A lovely captured portrait of this Prairie Rattlesnake. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing. Best of luck. Wish more photos from there of bears and salmon fight :).
Wooow! Beautiful image with great focus, wonderful eye contact, natural colours, excellent POV and composition. Well done!
what a capture, tfs
How about 5 stars ***** or 10 out of 10 or A+ or 100%
I think this is an awesome image and it really deserves to be seen along with accolades. Your view of this big boy is absolutely fantastic. Thanks for sharing your rattlesnake with us today.
NO POINTS PLEASE????
But this is a GREAT image.
I told you so when you sent it to me this week.
Am so happy it did not strike.
Have a great vaction and return home safely.
Kind regards from Calgary,
- [2010-09-02 18:14]
Your snak is absolutely beautiful ! Many congrats for such wonderful pic. Thanks for sharing!
Have a nice w-end.
Love from aNa