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St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA pair of gravid (pregnant) female timber rattlesnakes. One of the most exciting discoveries I have ever made.St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA beautiful yellow phase timber rattlesnake outside of its den. These reptiles are despised by many but I think they are some of the most beautiful...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaThis portrait was taken at a den site that is located 150 feet up the side of a rock cliff. How these snakes manage to get up here is beyond...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA close up of the 2 gravid timber rattlers as they coil together to raise body temperatures. I came back on several occasions throughout the day...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA yellow phase timber rattler blending in well with the native surroundings. I wonder how many of these I have walked past without even knowing...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA large adult timber rattlesnake sunning in some tall grass that picked up its head for a better look at me which is the only reason I spotted it....St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA head on shot that shows the flattened head of the Hognose Snake. They hiss and sound very menacing but don't let that fool you. They will flip...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaThe largest timber rattlesnake I have ever seen is pictured. The snake was basking in the sun on a beautiful day. This large male had just shed and...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA landscape image including a hummingbird. I tried to show the entire scene rather than focus on getting a close up of the bird. I wish I had been...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA large gravid female timber rattlesnake perched on a downed stump in a field. This snake will give birth shortly to 8 - 12 little rattlers that...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaWhile hiking up in the bluffs I heard a terrible noise that sounded like a child in distress. I pulled out a flashlight and peered into the opening...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA large adult timber rattler climbing up to the den opening. If you look closely you can see another adult timber rattlesnake just to the upper...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA gorgeous 4 footer exiting the den in early Spring just as the Sun is starting to come up and warm the surrounding rock. I sat and watched the den...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA black pilot snake that I found in the exact same spot I photographed one last year. This has to be the same snake using the tree knot as a...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaWhile searching in the bluffs I came upon a new timber rattlesnake den that no one was aware of. I took a few pictures of these 4 together under a...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA pair of gravid timber rattlers using a hollowed out tree stump as a rookery. This is the same rookery that was used last year by 2 different...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA young of the year bullsnake encountered while looking for timber rattlesnakes. Bullsnakes and racers often den with timber rattlesnakes so it is...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaA cryptic 1 year old timber rattler that was tucked into the bark on a large tree stump. I walked past this snake several times before finally...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaAn Eastern Hognose Snake that looks like a hooded cobra but is actually a harmless snake that eats toads. They have a strange coping mechanism for...St Donatus, IowaSt DonatusIowaWhat is Spring without a picture of a timber rattlesnake. Here is an adult at the den site getting ready to disperse for the Summer when they will...
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