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Prairie Rattlesnake - Crotalus viridis - Juvenile | by Paul B Jones
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Prairie Rattlesnake - Crotalus viridis - Juvenile

This beautiful snake looks pretty fierce but is a baby, only about eight inches long. I startled it on the Hoodoo Trail in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in southern Alberta. The insect like buzzzzz from its rattle drew my attention as it lay coiled under a small bush, then it struck and bounced harmlessly off my hiking boot.

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Taken on June 7, 2012