My First Rattlesnake in the Wild

Haven’t seen another Wood Rattler in seven years. That’s fine with me.

Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog


This morning I had my first encounter with a rattle snake. It was a three foot Wood Rattler, and it was just resting along Otter Creek Road.


From the looks of his skinny body, he was very much in need of a meal.


His rattles were as motionless as he was. Just so you know, I made these shots from my car window. There was never any threat. His scales and coloring were very interesting.


Summer wildflowers are blooming in the fields.


When the sumac starts to turn red, you know that summer has peaked, and hints of the coming autumn will be seen throughout the woods.

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5 thoughts on “My First Rattlesnake in the Wild

  1. EASTERNTimber rattle Snake  …only one in seven years your lucky as much as you hike those hills .Nice set of rattles.Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

  2. Eastern Timber Rattler usually have a nasty attitude and will strike the lenghtof their body . I HAD ONE STRIKE MY DRIVERS DOOR MIRROR AS i safely watched from my drivers seat with window up.

  3. New Reader here, Loving the blog, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that considers plant life to know when summer is on the downslide. I always thought it odd to think the first day of summer was June 21, (Summer Solstice), the longest day and from this day forward, we lose one minute of sun/daylight each day until the next Solstice in Dec. To me, this is surely the midpoint of our summer, (and our year) seems that even the sumac thinks so too. 🙂

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