Date: March 9, 2015
I found this Southern Pacific Rattlesnake sunning himself on the sidewalk. After a few minutes, he decided to move across the road. I helped him by waving cars off. When he got to the other side, he had this obstacle to surmount.
I have to confess to a soft spot for rattlesnakes. They are gentle creatures when left undisturbed and will warn you if they can of their presence. Plus rattlesnakes eat the rats that carry the plague. Yes, we have plague in these parts.
I knew a guy once who kept rattlesnakes as pets. He raised captive populations which he then released back into the wild. He invited me to come over and hold them, but I declined. I am not that fond and trusting of these pit vipers.