Timber!

Timber Rattlesnake
Timber Rattlesnake

A recently born Timber Rattlesnake was “found” by Steve during an outing we had in Cape Girardeau County.

Timber Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous, and young are usually born in September or October.  This little one was not long out of mom when we came across it.

Timber Rattlesnake - IMG_5483

In the photo above the heat sensing pits that give pit vipers their name are easily seen.

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Finally, the little nubbin of a rattle that these guys are born with.  Typically, rattlesnakes will add a rattle every time they shed their skin, which this guy has not done yet.

-OZB

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