Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus)

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Found this monsterous beauty the other day on the side of the trail - I won't forget the sound of his rattle :)

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Hehe I wasn't the guy holding the cat tails back so we could see it ;)

I was about 6 feet away and mostly safe
 
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very well done. I see these periodically while backpacking/hiking. They are amazing creatures and should be left alone. I have taken some images of them but none as good as this.
 
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Thanks

They are protected by the State of Michigan and under consideration for the Federal endangered species list - so this shot was more about identification and observation than anything else - once I got the shot we left him in peace.
 
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Oh, that sound gives me goose bumps. I've heard it a few times. Good capture of this guy, good thing you had a long lens, these snakes have a pretty decent reach! Be careful!!!
 

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