This was brought to our office by a local resident. It looks like the food item is a gray squirrel.
This snake was killed several days after the photos were taken. One of several Crotalus killed in 2010 as patches of this area are cleared for seasonal residences.
Young snake, only a little more than a foot in length
This magnificent snake was found basking on a rocky outcrop.
Adult between 3-4 feet long with the marking exactly as shown in our Texas Snakes book. My husband was clearing a trail in our pine/mixed woods near a creek, and the snake zipped past him and coiled up in some underbrush, where we were able to photograph it. The snake never shook its rattles, and in fact, we never could see the tip of the tail.
Crotalus horridus, commonly known as timber rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake or banded rattlesnake, is a species of venomous pit viper found in the eastern United States. This is the only rattlesnake species in most of the populous northeastern United States. No subspecies is currently recognized.