Wanting to see if the luck
we’ve been having would hold out, Ryan and I decided to do some more herping yesterday.
Ryan hadn’t found an Osage for the year so I suggested we hit my Timber/Osage road in Washington County. The plan was to do some road cruising that evening but first we wanted to check out
some rock outcroppings and small glades I had found earlier in the spring.
I met Ryan, his
dad, and little brother at a nearby gas station and we were soon off. We found
the rocks and glades where I had left them in the spring. After about thirty
minutes of rock flipping and not finding anything I came across a large rock situated on the edge of a small glade. I notice an old shed lying in pieces at the bottom of the rock so I reached down and picked it up. I showed Ryan and we decide it’s either a Timber or Osage shed. I pointed down to show him where I had found it and simultaneously Ryan and his little brother yelled RATTLESNAKE! And then, ANOTHER ONE! Lying not one
inch from where I had picked up the shed was a large Timber partially hidden by the rock with another coiled only a few inches
from it. Very excited and a little freaked out from almost touching one of them
I set up my photo equipment before trying to pull the snakes out. We decided
the best way to go about getting the snakes out was for each of us to hook a separate snake at the same time, not to lose
one while dealing with the other. We managed to remove both snakes without much
trouble. Both snakes were gravid females.
One did very little rattling and continually tried to crawl away. The
other coiled tightly and buzzed away making the perfect photographic specimen. After
a lengthy photo session we decided to put them back under their rock but Ryan wanted to check under the rock first to make
sure we didn’t miss one. The next thing I knew Ryan yelled COPPERHEAD! And then TWO OF THEM! We couldn’t
believe are luck, resting about a foot farther back under the rock were two Osage Copperheads, one obviously gravid. While I kept tabs on the Rattlesnakes, Ryan managed to pull both Copperheads from
the rock. We returned the Timbers to their rock and proceeded photographing the
The rest of the evening was
spent road cruising without any luck. Not finding anything on the road didn’t
bother us at all. Ryan had gotten his Osage for the year and I had gotten some
much needed Timber photos.