Here’s the timber rattlesnake!

by Matthew Cobb

The answer to James Green’s timber rattlesnake quiz was posted on Twitter by Asia Murphy (@am_anatiala) who studies mammals in Madagascar using camera traps. Here you go:



  1. Michael Fisher
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Very interesting! Why would a rattler choose such a high perch? Bird nests or similar?

    • rickflick
      Posted April 19, 2018 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      That’s total vindication of my instinctive vision. I just didn’t trust my brain’s initial conclusion that a timber rattlesnake would be found 10 feet off the ground. I should learn to trust my gut.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted April 19, 2018 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

        Talk to Mr. Gut Instinct for me & ask him why Mr. Rattler used so much energy to climb that high. I know your reptiles are great at making a little food go a long way, but is it a good strategy to be so high when the big pay off [forest deer I spose] aren’t known for tree nesting.

    Posted April 19, 2018 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I guess I did see this one then. Cue uncontrollable tremor…

  3. Ken Phelps
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Snakes in trees. Yet another good reason to live on the B.C. coast where we don’t do such things.

  4. bbenzon
    Posted April 19, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t even look up in the branches. I just assumed it would be on the ground, and almost thought I saw it here and there, but wasn’t able to convince myself.

    • ratabago
      Posted April 19, 2018 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      It could be that there is a second snake in this shot. I have a strong candidate on the ground. Central, and near that diagonal, fallen branch. It is coiled, with a defined inner and outer curve, and a regular pattern consistent with timber rattlesnake markings (thanks, google images). But it is not quite clear enough for absolute certainty.

      • rickflick
        Posted April 19, 2018 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

        Confirmation bias?

  5. Posted April 20, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    I win my bet with InfiniteImprobabilit!

    Only problem is that this answer post went up before I accepted his bet and he’ll therefore have to trust me that I spotted it almost straight away from the original post.

  6. Mike
    Posted April 20, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Now, that’s a sneaky snake.

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