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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday (Almost) - On the Trail of the Sidewinder - September 24, 2014

Last week, I posted a picture of the Mojave Green Rattlesnake that one of us found late on last Tuesday night.  A few mornings later, while taking our morning walk, we came across the tracks of a sidewinder rattlesnake.  

A sidewinder, if you have never seen anything about them, makes quite a different track in the sand.   It is a kind of an 'S' shape.  These rattlesnakes do prefer a sandy desert, which we have around our house.  They only grow to about 18-20 inches.  I find that they are a bit nomadic, and just keeps moving along.  This one has been around the western part of our five acres, which is away from the house, for a few weeks.

Like most snakes, their most active time to hunt is after the sun goes down.  This fellow looks as if he came across a kangaroo rat, and had a good meal.

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 This is where he started on our path.

 Traveled down it about 10 feet.

 Here he came across the ill fated kangaroo rat.

 This is where he first caught the rat.

 Struggled with it up the path about five feet.

 With a kangaroo rat starting to digest, the sidewinder stops its 'S' movement, and heads over the berm of our path.
The sidewinder headed to a hole to digest its dinner and sleep.

We did not find where the snake came out.  There is such a crisscross of critter holes everywhere, and you never know where one goes to.

He's gone now.  We have not seen his tracks since that morning last week.

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