Fortunately the mass killings were not completely successful and there are still a handful of timber rattlesnakes dens left in CT. A few yeas ago I was lucky enough to see my first timber rattler in a big pile of glacial erratics somewhere in the CT woods. When a fishing friend, Mark Phillipe, mentioned that he had always wanted to see a timber rattlesnake, that spot and the beautiful snake there came to mind and I told him I could help. So, yesterday, we went out searching for a rare venomous snake that is more placid and calm than any water snake or rat snake you will ever see. And we found them. Every time I get to see a viper of any kind I get an initial fear that waves over me, leftovers from a time when humans were walking the earth barefoot and seeing one of these bulky, diamond headed, rattle tailed animals meant danger. But that feeling doesn't last long. It is replaced very quickly with pure awe. These truly are beautiful creatures and if you are lucky enough to have seen one, that's a real blessing. If you hate snakes, kindly leave these alone. Don't dare kill one. If you do, and I see it happen.
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One by one, the three snakes that were out in the open calmly and slowly departed, two of them rattling as they went, The dark phase one was the last to go, and he struck a great pose right before he did. It was an amazing thing to see 4 of these gems in one little cluster, all in totally different color phases. They didn't pose any threat to us, and we let them do their thing.
In the evening Dan and I went out to enjoy nature some more. The weather was weird, the fishing was weird, and it was great. Beautiful sunset... but we all know what that means.
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Nature is amazing. Get out and enjoy it, whether you are fishing or not.