|Answer to "What is it?"|
Driving down our lane, I encountered an obstruction. A three foot timber rattlesnake was basking in the 85 degree heat and showed no inclination to move. When I got out of the truck and approached, it assumed a defensive position rather than escaping into the thickets on either side of the road.
|Defensive coil - Click to enlarge|
|Young copperhead - note yellow tail lure|
I finally used a long watering tool as a modified snake hook and lifted it to the side and it slithered off in annoyance. This rattler was smaller than the ones we occasionally see in the same area of the road so I suspect that they have been breeding successfully on the glade. As long as they stay there and not at the garage and house, we will peacefully coexist.