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.