Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hiking with Reptiles

I took a short hike today on Dakota Ridge trail.  I was coming down the hill when I heard a fizzing sound, like gas escaping from a pipe.  I stopped, looked around, and spotted a little rattlesnake coiled beside the trail.  Its head was about as thick as my thumb.

I moved forward for a closer look.  (This did not make the snake happy.  It continued to fizz.)

Despite the grainy picture, I think I can see about eight rattles on the snake's tail.

As I was walking up Rooney Road to return to my car, I stopped by the Jefferson County Dinosaur Center to see facsimiles of two other reptiles.  The second one had a goofy smile.

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