|"Just leave me alone"|
I am calling it a female based on its orange brown eyes and small tail. My turtle sexing skills don't go much further than that.
The reptilian highlight occurred as we were driving out Sunday evening. I saw this timber rattlesnake in the road and slammed on the brakes to avoid running over it. It was laying on our gravel drive where it turns by the barn. I spotted individual rocks where its tail and head were to measure it later. It started moving into the grass before I could get my camera out. Once it was half way in it stopped and laid still, probably on the theory that if it couldn't see me, I couldn't see it.
We have seen a similar timber rattlesnake at the same spot 4 times over the last three years. On one side there is a grassy glade with a lot of shelf rock. The other side of the road is dense warm season grass, sedge and weeds 3 feet tall. Walking in there several minutes later to cut a thistle I scared up a wood rat. I may have saved its life!