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Posted by pulatus on April 21, 2003 at 18:18:05:
In Reply to: Re: MO Diamondback (pic) posted by PiersonH on April 21, 2003 at 14:33:00:
These are the first 2 rhombifer I've found in Missouri, so I can't say what's typical, but the first snake was smaller and much darker (I'll post a couple more pics below).
What was nice is that the day was very cool so the snakes were burrowed into the grass to stay out of the wind and still get the warm sun. They really came alive when I picked them up though. The larger, brighter snake actually could have crawled away, but instead turned and repeatedly lunged at me. The both seemed to enjoy the opportunity to shred my hands. (You can see more of my blood on the snakes pictured below) By the time I got all the pics I wanted I had blood all over my camera and computer and clothes.
I also saw 8-10 sipedon around a small bridge in this area.
:Wow! That is one hefty dude! Do they usually have bright red eyes like that in that portion of their range? My CB rhombifer are from TX and they have orange-brown eyes. The reddish ground color is interesting as well. Nice pics and thanks for sharing with us.