Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Ben Hill County

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Few creatures engender more fear and misunderstanding than the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamenteus).  I personally think they’re beautiful, but they should always be respected at a distance. I don’t encourage anyone to get as close as I did when making this photograph. But let them live. They’re one of our best allies in regards to reducing rodent populations and they’re an important indicator of the health of our broader ecosystem. The Georgia-based Orianne Society, which is focused primarily on the preservation of the Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi), also works to preserve this species.

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11 responses to “Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Ben Hill County

  1. Connie McGhee

    Hats off to you, Brian. My daughter & I have helped more than one snake cross the road safely.

  2. heavenlyjane

    You’re perpetuating a myth about hyper aggressiveness on cotton mouths. See this humor video to see the myth refuted: http://youtu.be/314N7xIeRR8

    • Jesse M. Bookhardt

      I mean no harm to the Cotton Mouth, but I speak form actual experience. Based on what I have seen over the years, I made my remarks. I have had them attack while we were in a boat, and threaten us on the bank when we were fishing. During none of these times were they threatened directly. They appeared to just not like us in their territory, the river swamp. Once while fishing with my dad and Roscoe, our boat was tied to a large tree that protruded into the Altamaha River somewhere below Jesup, when a large Cotton Mouth was observed on the bank quite a distance away. As we caught fish, it eventually came down the large tree toward our boat, then into the water, then it attempted to get in the boat with us. We slapped him away with the paddle. He retreated and since we were catching fish, we maintained our place next to the large tree in the water. It wasn’t long before the brave aggressive snake decided that it wasn’t through with us. He came back down the tree slipped into the water and was threatening us again. After battling the creature a second time, we decided that the fish were not worth the trouble and we gracefully accepted defeat and moved on to more friendly waters.
      I can account other incidents too, but space here is not mine to dominate. I respect wildlife of all kinds and don’t kill snakes. But I do relocate Copperheads that frequently visit my place. Have you ever seen a King Snake consume another snake? Once I did. The King Snake constricted a Cotton Mouth in a road ditch full of water. It took over an hour and one half to compete the process. That is another story of growing up on the Wiregrass Plain of South Georgia many years ago.

  3. Jesse M. Bookhardt

    Brian,
    Great picture of a beautiful reptile. As an adult, I better appreciate the important role that they play in the Longleaf Pine and Sand Hill habitat of much of Southeast, Georgia. Thanks for giving the creature a good plug. They only bite in defense. Now a Cotton Mouth is different. He will actually aggressively chase you out of your boat on the Ocmulgee River. All snakes are best left alone.

  4. You and your snakes, Brian! Is this the same fellow you capture and posted several days ago, or another?

  5. heavenlyjane

    Thanks for the shout out on The Orianne Society. I am a supporter of theirs and they believe they do great work!

  6. Paul Wetherington

    Brian,
    Thanks for including photos of the natural wildlife from time to time. Its always good to keep the eye trained for what to look for before being right up on it. I agree with you, God had to have created rattle snakes for a reason. It appears maybe the snakes are now on the crawl looking for a winter home. Let me mention that about the 1st of October an unusual wild grass begins to bloom and there is some of it along the front of our yard in northeast Laurens county. It is called the lopsided Indian grass and from what I can find out about it may go back thousands of years. It is found in the longleaf pine, turkey oak sand ridge habitat which is what occurs in a small area where we are here.
    Thanks again,
    Paul

    • ben dooley

      Great and brave (maybe a bit foolish) pictures Brian. I am one who doesn’t like to kill much of anything other than rats and roaches and crab-grass and would never hope to be close enough to a pit viper of any kind to have a hope of killing it even if I so desired. I am in basic agreement with a friend of mine in believing all snakes to be deadly because they can all cause a heart attack!!

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