|Prairie Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis viridis. That slight bulge a third of the |
way back from the head may be a former rodent.
When I find 'em alive on the road I move them into the ditch. Bull snakes usually move themselves and they're usually grumpy about it.
Rattlesnakes, on the other hand, coil up defensively. I usually scoop 'em up with a shovel and put 'em in the ditch. They're usually fairly quiet about the whole deal, and rarely strike at the shovel.
|Coiled up and already testy.|
Necessity being the mother of invention, I pulled the sectional jack handle out from under the seat and slotted it together. Seven feet long and a little wobbly but it did the trick. This snake was highly irritated, though, and clearly wanted to bite me by the time I placed him in the ditch.
But he didn't end up flat, at least not there and then. Why do I do this? Just stubborn and contrary I guess.
|Home, home in the ditch.|