White Rattlesnake

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  1. Harper

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    I didn't know that they existed.

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    This is the banded rock snake posted this week by a Texas park. See how it blends in with the wall. Wyler Aerial Tramway - Texas Parks & Wildlife

    A white rattlesnake? Texas park posts photo of ‘cryptic’ viper known for potent bite.
    By Mark Price

    July 13, 2018 12:30 PM

    Updated 7 hours 33 minutes ago

    A white rattlesnake spotted Wednesday at a Texas park has produced a collective shudder across the country, after a photo of the snake was shared thousands of times on Facebook.

    It’s not an albino. Called a banded rock rattlesnake, the seldom seen species of pit viper has a spotty distribution in only three states along the Mexican border (Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas), and is known for having a powerful bite, say experts.
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    The photo was posted Wednesday by The Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park in Texas, a 195-acre park within the Franklin Mountains. “We had this little friend come and cool down by one of the doors at the park,” said the post, adding “rattlesnakes won’t strike unless provoked.”

    ReptilesMagazine.com says ”banded rock rattlesnakes are very cryptic in nature and not commonly observed because of their coloration, small size and speed.”

    They typically grow to only about 2 feet in length, according to the Smithsonian National Zoo, which means the one found at the park appears to be bigger than average.

    They also have a “potent venom,” according to SnakesOfAz.com. “If encountered it should be left alone,” says the website.

    Reaction to the idea of snake that blends in with concrete has grown steadily as media outlets have carried stories of the photo. The park’s Facebook post had been shared more than 6,400 times in two days and drawn 1,000-plus comments, many expressing fear.

    At least one commenter suggested the snake was a new rattlesnake-python hybred.

    “Now a brotha ain’t even safe on concrete?!” wrote Keven Lucas in response to photo.

    “Nope, Nope, Nope!!!!!!” posted Giselle Miranda Martino.

    “Shiver!!! All I’m gonna say !!! Oh and EEEEKKK,” said Carol Ann Duncan Graham.

    “Now they’re getting scary,” posted Craig South.

    “Beautiful and deadly. Man I have never seen color on a rattlesnake in my life,” posted Pebbles Adrian.



    Source: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/article214825735.html
     
  2. Vanitas

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    and THAT is why I will never ever EVER go to texas... I have a buddy who lives down there and went to step out his door slammed his door immediately because a rattler was sitting all nice and coiled up right there. Dude had to call animal control to get it off the porch because it wouldnt leave and he didnt want his kids running out the door and into it. That one in particular @Harper is just full of NOPE. I'll keep my butt firmly planted safe in the North East... and yes I know they are here too but they are rare, very rare, though I have had the "pleasure" of running into both a Timber Rattler and a Northern Copperhead over the years... gardner/milksnakes etc I could not care less about being around though... though a Ribbon snake scared the crap out of me by suddenly slithering over my boot last week in the back yard (part of my backyard is a wetland). Didn't even know it was there till it came out of the ferns across my boots. Wasnt expecting it.
     
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    Cotton mouths and copperhead are more likely to tag you down here.
     
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    So are drunks on the highway(not just Texas, everywhere).

    Great looking snake...very cuddly.
     
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    Beautiful snake. I've never heard of one like that.
     
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    Who knew they come in white? Rattlesnakes were pretty common where I grew up in New Mexico. Never saw a white one, though. Wonder if they taste different from the others. Not that I’ve eaten rattlers, or gonna eat them, just curios.

    JohnP
     
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    Odd they're saying it's not an albino. If they were evolving or adapting to their environment you would think they wouldn't be so rare. Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    That's a big ole nope rope lol.
     
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    That sure would look nice as a longbow backing.
     
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    OK, thank you for saying that before I did. Now you're the "mean guy". :)

    The first thing that popped into my head was "What an absolutely beautiful snake!"

    The second thing to pop into my head was "That would make an absolutely AWESOME pair of boots!"

    Now I have to go give my dog an extra Milk Bone and let him lay on the bed as my penance and reparations to the animal world.
     
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    Very cool...I saw one of these guys in person last fall, up in in the Gila wilderness. Just caught a glimpse before it went under a rock, but it was enough to be able to ID it when I got back home. Mine was kind of a light khaki color, with those white-edged, dark stripes; beautiful little snake!

    I actually like seeing rattlesnakes, and tend to go towards, rather than away, from a rattle...:p
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    I wonder if it tastes like Eastern Diamondback :33:
     
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    It'd make a cool belt or hat band...
     
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    Great minds think alike :)

    I was also thinking a nice wallet
     
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    Interesting !! That is a neat looking rattler. We have the Eastern Diamond as well as the Timber in some parts of the state. But more likely to see Coperheads and Water Moccasins. Thanks for posting.
     
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    I have a photo somewhere of a albino rattler from the maze district in Utah. I could have easily stepped on him, and it was a long way out.
     
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    Genesis 3:15,,,
     
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    Rock rattlesnakes are actually protected here in AZ.
     
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    Wow thats a pretty snake.

    When I was younger I'd try to catch just about everything . Now I try to envision how much screaming and yelling from the wife and mother in law Im gonna get and whether the juice is worth the squeeze.
     
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    Ha! That was the First thing I thought, glad I wasn't the only one.

    The second was, "gee isn't that weird" about the whole thing.

    I Love being in Alaska. Nearest snake not in a tank or cage(or pair of boots!) is several thousand miles away! ;)
     
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    Making a pair of boots is kinda like protecting them.
     
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    I don't know about that, but if they became extinct you would have one unique pair of boots. :)
     
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    Rattlesnakes aren't that bad. They rattle to let you know you are too close. Then they either move away or you do and all's well.

    Now moccasins or cotton mouths are the most crogity, ill-tempered, bad attitude snakes...ever. Those f'ers won't warn you that you are near. They'll ambush you and chase you. They'll swim across the river/pond/lake just to try and bite you simply...well....because. And, if you try to hit them with a stick or whatever and miss??? Oh its on then.
     
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