Snake friends on Copitch Mountain

This baby rattlesnake was only about 12 inches long.

Did you notice her purple tongue?

This little snake is too young to make the very helpful "rattle" sound to warn you that you are in danger. But, she can still bite if she is scared. And even though she is small, she is poisonous.

Did you know?

• Rattlers get a new rattle segment each time the snake sheds its skin? This happens normally about 3-4 times per year.

• Baby rattlesnakes are born with only one segment on their rattle called a button.

• The rattle is noiseless until the baby rattler sheds its skin for the first time and adds another segment to the button.

• The rattle makes noise when the segments click against each other.

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Find the Rattle Snake

This healthy fellow wanted us to know where he was. His rattle was very loud and even echoed off the surrounding trees.

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Found this fellow at 3 o'clock in the morning on a warm summer's night. Snakes are ectothermic (cold blooded), so they are often not as active at night.  Not this snake, he was out for an early morning snack.

Released him the next day farther away from the house.

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