I just got back from a solo hike to check on one of the rattle snake dens. It was a good thing I left the dogs home because there was a potential for a bitten dog. About a month ago I was at the den and there was no sign of snakes yet and the dogs were looking for rock chucks they could hear peeping. Today, I came in from the top side of the den and saw these two chucks sitting on top of the rocks.
I’m sure, if the dogs were with me, the chase would have been on and they would have been checking all the nooks and crannies for the varmints. This was the northern side of the den and sure enough on the sunny side the snakes were just emerging. I say just because I only saw five snakes where I usually see over twenty when they get ready to leave the den. It’s kind of ugly to see 10 snakes all wrapped around each other like a can of worms but that’s what it looks like. I have no clue why they do that but after about a week of doing that every day they eventually leave for there happy hunting grounds.
I snapped this picture before trying to get what I thought was a single snake. It turned out to be four. Two decent sized snakes and two smaller ones.
Had I looked a little harder I would have seen the different colors and known there was at least two snakes. I also saw this monster that headed deep into the rocks at the sound of the others rattling.
I have no idea how many snakes are in that bunch of rocks but as I prod into the cracks in the rocks there is quite a bit of buzzing going on. evidently they get along with the lizards because I see several of them coming out of the cracks also.
There are still plenty of north slopes to run the dogs on. Some of them still have snow. But within a couple of weeks these snakes will start scattering and staying where they can keep warm so we’ll start avoiding those areas with the dogs.
Have fun in the outdoors but be aware of the surroundings. Most dogs recover from snake bites in Idaho but it’s a ugly and costly bite.