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Appalachian  Critters


Timber Rattlesnake

Very uncooperative cus, this guy. Nearly walked over him on AT on my way to Unake Mountain, mid-July, 2011. His head was sticking onto the path, most of his body hidden behind a large log that was lying alongside the trail. Glad I was paying attention...

I tried to get him to move out of my way by prodding him with my walking stick, but he just starting rattling and hitting the stick, trying to bite it. I had to toss some small stones at him, one at a time. After the third or fourth he finally surrendered the path to me.

But that was our first encounter. Two weeks later I spotted him again, about a quarter mile away on the same trail. This time in some high grass and ferns along the path. That's when I took the picture seen here.


Thamnophis sirtalis

Common and non-venomous, although they can raise a bit of a stink if you mess around with them. I nearly ran over this guy with my bicycle on the Erwin Linear Path.

Photographed 7/26/2010

Queen Snake

Regina septemvittata

Another non-venemous snake, the Queen Snake, basking in the sun on a branch hanging over the Nolichucky River.

They hunt by sense of smell (even under water) and about 90-percent of their diet is crayfish. They like to pick on newly-molted ones that can't defend themselves.

Photographed 7/26/2010

Black Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta

Down by the "fishing pier pond" I switched from the big lens to a macro to photograph some Bluets I spotted down by the water. I was kneeling and turning and moving around for a while, then about half-way back this 7-foot snake was stretched right across between me and the path.

It was on open, cut grass -- so I figure I must have flushed him out with my movements. Way larger than any other snake I have seen here in TN so far. These Black Rat Snakes do a good job at keeping down the rodent population and are not venemous. There are copperheads around, however, and they are a different story...

Northern Water Snake swimming

Early July and I had just been thinking I hadn't spotted any snakes around for quite a while. Figured it must be the dry weather. Then I got down to "turtle pond" and low and behold, this little guy (maybe 2 1/2 feel long) was swimming, as best he could, through all the Duckweed that covers most of the pond.

Animal Sections

Great Spangled Fritillary, Swallowtail......

Ducks, Blue Heron, White Egret, Green Heron...

Timber Rattlesnake, Black Rat Snake...

Attacking ants, grasshoppers...

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