2 Rattlesnakes and 1 Garter Snake – Baby Rattler With An Attitude.

2 Rattlesnakes and 1 Garter Snake – Baby Rattler With An Attitude.

Before we get to the rattlesnakes, this
was the first snake that we encountered on our little nature tour late in March.
The temperature was about 60 degrees, so it’s still kind of cool for reptiles, so
we were a little surprised when we saw this Garter Snake in the middle of the
road. I wanted to take a few photos of it, so when it tried to crawl away, I got in
its path, and he got just a little bit pissy about that. I’m not a hundred
percent sure, but I think this is a Plains Garter Snake. We have mostly
Red-sided garter snakes around our house. When a snake sticks out their tongue,
they’re trying to smell. This one was still pretty sluggish since it wasn’t
all that warm, so I just wanted to move it off the road so that it wouldn’t get run
over. Always stay a safe distance from any
rattlesnake. In some clips, it looks like I’m close, but that’s because of my zoom
lens. The next snake that we encountered was a Massasauga rattlesnake and it was
in no mood to be messed with, so I kept my distance. Once it was clear that he
was gonna head towards me and not coil up or turn around, I got out of his way. I took a screenshot and cropped it,
so we could take a closer look at the rattle, and the best I can tell it’s
either five or six segments. And rattlesnakes are born with what’s called
a button which is its first segment, so this shows that this rattlesnake has
shed its skin four or five times. Some people think that each segment of
the rattle represents one year, but that’s a myth.
When the snake was lunging, if you were wondering if those were strikes, they’re
not. When a rattlesnake strikes it’s mouth opens about a hundred and eighty degrees.
It’s something you won’t soon forget. I slowed one of the lunges down so we
could take a look. As you can see, it doesn’t even open its mouth. The next snake we came across was a baby
rattlesnake. It was very tiny….probably about six or eight inches long, and it
did have its button. As you can see, it quickly got into its
defensive coiled position, and this is when they’re the most accurate and dangerous
with their strikes. I was several feet away and this snake was only about eight
inches long. Even a tiny rattlesnake like this can easily put you in the hospital,
so I kept my distance from this one too. In that last clip this little snake
struck twice. Did you happen to notice how wide its mouth went open. It’s very
hard to see in real time, so let’s slow it down. I wanted to get a good close-up of this
little snake, but I also wanted to do it safely. And after thinking about it for a
while, I put my camera on the road, and then I used the long stick to scoot the
camera next to the snake. And that way I could get the camera close to it without
me getting close to it, and it worked out pretty well. Then once I got my close-up, I just
used my long stick to retrieve the camera safely. After I took a few photos of it, I used my long stick
and scooted it over to the side of the road, and we left it there. If you’re just
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Randy Schultz

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11 thoughts on “2 Rattlesnakes and 1 Garter Snake – Baby Rattler With An Attitude.

  1. scott FOSS says:

    I have a fear and deep respect for snakes.

  2. Rough Cut Homestead says:

    I was surprised how fast the rattlesnakes are…great closeup shots staying at a safe distance! Thanks for sharing Jim!

  3. CB's Greenhouse and Garden says:

    Oh heck no Mr. Jim!! I could not do it buddy. My stick would have been my shotgun. LOL. I so hate snakes! Your a brave man is all I can say! Awesome footage my friend! Thanks for the info! Hope you have a great day!

  4. Jennifer Sauer says:

    WOW! You are very experienced, clearly. Rattlers are a sight you won’t forget. I keep my distance from ALL snakes and let them do what they’re meant to do …keep the vermin out of my garden! ?

  5. BobMel simple living says:

    Good afternoon Jim. Well done my friend. I love nature, but I'm not big on snakes and Melody has a real fear of them. I did send you an email to: hero….. Have a great evening. Best wishes Bob.

  6. Craig Arndt says:

    I'm running the other way, fast. haha! Great video, that's one thing we don't deal with up north. 🙂

  7. My Pets says:

    cool thumbs up

  8. Sasha DeKasha says:

    If I’m ever (that would never happen) that brave to push my camera to the snake, I’ll probably just leave it there ? What an awesome video Jim!!! I’m surprised I haven’t seen any yet ???

  9. Jakub Przyrodnik says:

    Very interesting video! So exciting! I felt shivers down my spine. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Botanical Treasures says:

    Glad you kept your distance. Wise! Really beautiful scale patterning on all three. Somehow they remind me of my cat with his tabby patterning and huge mouth.

  11. Margie Schaecher says:

    Well …apparently garter snakes don't eat ladybugs (I'm so glad to know that) since both are great to have in the garden, just not in mine. I'm not necessarily afraid of snakes, but if something slithers close by me I nearly jump out of my skin! I like to think it's the 'startle effect' (if there is such a thing) of a sudden close-by movement that causes the 'fight or flight' reaction (and I'm no hero) lol! I've been know to shriek and dance in place during a close snake encounter. Definitely not a good reaction if the snake is poisonous. You were so calm while filming this wonderful video. Believe it or not …I had a pet garter snake when I was 12 years old. My mom made me take it outside and release it when she discovered it in my room. I loved watching this video Jim, so glad you shared it with us!

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