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#1 Bashan

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:58 PM

The wife and I live just east of Birmingham Alabama and I was more than a little surprised to see this guy in my backyard. I'm sure the last pic will ID at least the type of snake that it is.

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Anybody know specifically what this snake is? I had no idea these were living in my area. We're kinda paranoid about going near the woods now. This guy is over 6 feet long and is pretty aggressive. It raised it's head towards me if I got very close to it and didn't even think about running away. I of course shot the pics with a zoom lens....I'm not crazy.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:52 PM

Well I'm no expert but I'd venture its a Timber Rattler
The face and markings look very similar to me.


http://www.google.com/imgres?q=timber+rattlesnake&num=10&hl=en&biw=1202&bih=593&tbm=isch&tbnid=WXciPmWAmmKFqM:&imgrefurl=http://www.marshall.edu/herp/old/rattlesnake.htm&imgurl=http://www.marshall.edu/herp/images/TIMBER.JPG&w=669&h=281&ei=Z_5DUIDvHOP40gHS2ICACw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=101&vpy=183&dur=281&hovh=145&hovw=347&tx=175&ty=97&sig=111107880883009806687&page=3&tbnh=98&tbnw=233&start=45&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:45,i:286


http://www.google.com/imgres?q=timber+rattlesnake&num=10&hl=en&biw=1202&bih=593&tbm=isch&tbnid=09Ddb8-V1OIUyM:&imgrefurl=http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm%3Fimgnum%3D1361250&imgurl=http://www.forestryimages.org/images/768x512/1361250.jpg&w=768&h=502&ei=Z_5DUIDvHOP40gHS2ICACw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=881&vpy=136&dur=1887&hovh=181&hovw=278&tx=185&ty=94&sig=111107880883009806687&page=3&tbnh=131&tbnw=194&start=45&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:11,s:45,i:320

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:31 PM

For sure it's a rattler, after that the make and model don't matter. They are all poisonous and aggresive when they percieve danger...

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 01:05 AM

Looks like a timber rattlesnake to me as well, and like all rattlesnakes, very venomous. Keep your distance and call animal control.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:00 AM

The Alabama Dept. of Natural Resources has a page on snakes you might encounter <HERE>.

Yours looks like a Timber Rattlesnake to me, too.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:33 AM

This page has a list of people you can contact. Find out if you can email the photos to someone who can identify it and let you know which rattler it is.

http://alabamaherps.com/alabama%20society%27s.htm

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:06 PM

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:27 PM

I'd have to guess that it is a Timber Rattlesnake.
My advice: Stay away from it and call in the experts to deal with it.




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