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East of Langtry, that is Eagle Nest Creek.
That's an impressively-executed retreat he makes after reaching the brush at the side of the road. Snakes are amazing. Were you ever withing striking distance during his retreat?
Thanks! I still have "the touch" when it comes to spotting wildlife. I've found that depending on who I am with, that skillset can be magnified when I have an equally interested partner. Isn't that about how we sum up so much of our lives to begin with? Work, love etc? Anyway, if you are interested, here is a complete clip of the encounter with the rattlesnake:In short this beautiful beast was sunning on the road and barely flinched when I passed by going in the opposite direction. I got out of the car to usher this creature along because I had not yet seen a roadkill rattlesnake over the miles and I was not about to allow one to happen on my watch knowing that I've seen NPS AND concessions employees swerve specifically to hit these creatures on occasion. Also, I hope that all who continue to fly past me while I drive the 45mph posted speed limit have uneventful travels... But still I saw a number of roadkill snakes and rabbits along the way. More and more I've seen roadkill dogs of the coyote and fox variety and roadkill cats of the bobcat and mountain lion variety between locations. I wonder if it is a sign of some sort that wildlife has changed when we begin to see more canines and felines than we do deer or wild hogs between locations.
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