Rattlesnake Season

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Caution hikers, viper season has officially begun, as this sighting of a rattlesnake eating a gopher in Santa Ynez attests.

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a-1566357170 Apr 22, 2019 11:15 AM
Rattlesnake Season

FLICKA: The segment per year myth has been dispelled as many, including this former herpetologist, have determined: "One thing I can tell you for certain is that the number of segments on a rattlesnake’s rattle has only a marginal relationship to its age. This is because a new segment is gained every time the snake sheds, but the frequency of shedding isn’t a factor of age, but of diet and overall health. Also, in older rattlers, it’s unusual to find a long rattle that hasn’t had some segments broken off, usually from crawling through undergrowth. Overall size of the snake makes it fairly easy to establish whether it’s an adult, but age determination is generally inexact with snakes."

biguglystick Apr 22, 2019 10:30 AM
Rattlesnake Season

I used to really hate snakes, but as I study about wildlife I find they are wonderful for keeping vermin in check! THanks, snake!

a-1566357170 Apr 21, 2019 11:03 PM
Rattlesnake Season

I *heart* rattlesnakes. They don't mean us any harm, they just want to eat gophers, mice, and rats. Just know where you're putting your feet and hands, be aware - awake. They live here, too, and it really doesn't take a lot of effort to accommodate them.

ParvoPup Apr 21, 2019 08:17 PM
Rattlesnake Season

Momma always told us kids to never eat anything bigger than your head.

Flicka Apr 21, 2019 11:41 AM
Rattlesnake Season

Amazing how he can get that whole gopher (?) in. Is it true the buttons tell how old a snake is? I always heard a button a year.

macpuzl Apr 21, 2019 01:49 PM
Rattlesnake Season

More detail here, if you're so inclined: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rattlesnake#Rattle

macpuzl Apr 21, 2019 01:33 PM
Rattlesnake Season

Flicka - It's a segment per skin shed, which depends on how fast the snake is growing. Could be several skin sheds per year. This is an older snake that has lost the top segments of its rattle, including the original "button" it was born with.

a-1566357170 Apr 21, 2019 09:44 AM
Rattlesnake Season

Snake caption : Tastes like Chicken !

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