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Gopher Snake Romance
No one will be watching us . . . why don't we do it in the road?

Two gopher snakes share an intimate moment on the Yellowstone River Trail, in the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone. They came as quite a surprise to us since the pattern on their skin looks like a rattlesnake when you're jumping backwards. However, they are in fact gopher snakes.

The lack of rattle on the tail of the one closest to us was a decisive, and reassuring identification. We assumed that the other snake was of the same species, since this tangle was "kinky" enough as is.

After a couple of minutes they untangled themselves and then went off to the left, one by one.

June 2008.


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lcarreauHa, ha ...


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Glad that you were able to decipher the
difference! Beats shooting a crossbow over
their heads to scare them away, doesn't it??
Posted Jul 8, 2008 5:31 pm

Arthur DigbeeRe: Ha, ha ...

Arthur Digbee

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Glad you were amused. We left our crossbows and flaming bolts at home this time since we were in a national park.
Posted Jul 10, 2008 10:24 am

Alex WoodRe: Ha, ha ...

Alex Wood

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Is this bringing up that old rattlesnake thread? haha
Posted Sep 20, 2008 11:04 pm

Arthur DigbeeRe: Ha, ha ...

Arthur Digbee

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Yeah, Larry is referencing a picture I posted to that thread.

We didn't want to shoot these two, though - - look's like Cupid's arrow had already hit them!
Posted Sep 21, 2008 12:34 pm

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on Jul 7, 2008 9:07 am

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