Wild Wednesday … Northern Pacific Rattlesnake

While looking at a timber sale last week with a fellow forester, we walked past this big northern Pacific rattlesnake. His dog walked within inches in front of the rattlesnake and it buzzed like crazy. The dog didn’t react to the snake at all. That’s probably why the snake didn’t strike the dog. I took the picture and video with my cell phone so it’s not the greatest quality. Be careful if you hear this sound.

20 thoughts on “Wild Wednesday … Northern Pacific Rattlesnake

  1. Awesome Pit Viper Action. Great catch. Glad that you heard and saw him before he was able to mess with you. Could wreck your whole day. Despite the obvious consequences for a too close encounter – they are beautiful and vital to the balance of nature. Think of the number of rodents this fellow “processes”. Amazing. Nice image.

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    • Thanks Bill. I agree, out in the woods I leave them. At home I have to remove or dispatch them. We have a lot of dogs. We don’t get them at home very often. The dogs keep the ground squirrels away and that’s what attracts them.

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  2. That dog is so lucky it didn’t get bit! My brother’s yellow lab was in his backyard and was bit by a rattler. He ran her to the vet where they did life saving measures for snake bites, but she eventually succumbed to the bite. So sad!

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    • Wow, that’s rough. I was pretty surprised this snake didn’t strike. The dog passed less than a foot away. It was a good snake I guess. It gave lots of warning without biting. We had one of our other dogs, Nellie, get bitten multiple times. This was years ago. She survived because the vets went all out to save her. I blogged about it. We were lucky. She was my son’s dog and he was deployed to Iraq at the time. There was no way we wanted anything to happen to Nellie.

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  3. We don’t have rattlesnakes in Australia – at least not that I am aware of. (Perhaps I am in denial? We have almost every other deadly snake (and spider) known to man . . . ) I’m amazed anyone was still around to take a video – you would not have seen me (or my dogs) for dust! Glad no one was hurt – including the snake. Live and let live – but from a distance . . . 😉

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    • No worries, that snake didn’t want to mess with us and we didn’t want to mess with it. We all slithered our separate directions. I do think you have enough deadly snakes without adding any rattlesnakes.

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  4. *gulp* ………. is it gone yet?
    (But seriously, for a second there, I was almost expecting to see something like “Dog and Snake become best friends – watch now!”) : )

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    • Yah, not so much. The dog never even turn his head toward the snake. He kept walking. That probably was less threatening to the snake and it let the dogs pass. If my dog had been there she would have said “what’s that!”, and we’d been speeding to the nearest animal hospital.

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  5. A few weeks ago a 14-year old neighbor knocked on my door, ‘Lisa! Serpiente! Grandote!’ — I grabbed my camera and ran with him to another neighbor’s house.. no, it wasn’t a venomous snake, but it was extremely long, and oh so beautiful… surely stretched to almost three meters, and it was swallowing a marine/cane toad… turns out that’s it’s pretty rare in Ecuador, a Black-tailed …. hmm, I’ve forgotten right now it’s entire name.

    I would much rather peer at the 3- meter long snake than that foul-tempered rattlesnake!

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