Crotalus horridus (Canebrake Rattlesnake)
Colorado County, Texas - Spring 2014
After doing a night cruise in this county and turning up various species of snake in a field/praire type habitat, I decided to go up to a wooded area where I had seen a canebrake before. It was pretty late, so I didn't expect to cruise one, but I figured I'd give it a shot.
As I drove down the road, with my windows down, I heard a loud buzz and it sounded like an insect had flown into the car. However, it didn't sound just right. For some reason, I decided to turn the car around and listen.
I turned the car around and shut it off. I leaned out the window and I could hear a faint buzz. I knew then it was a rattlesnake, but thought maybe it was off in the woods behind a fence. I started the car and drove up a little more, listening intently. The buzzing got louder and louder. At it's peak, I shined my flashlight outside the window. I was delighted to see this canebrake, my first of the year, curled up buzzing away less than two feet from the edge of the road.