snake, rattle and roll

♫♪♫♪♫♪Birds do it. Bees do it. Even rattler hes and shes do it. ♪♫♪♫♪

Yes, my friend, that is what you’re viewing. Two prairie rattlesnakes falling in love under the bright blue of a Colorado summer sky…and on the back patio of our friend Sameen’s suburban home. What these romantic reptiles do not know is that, within a few minutes, Aurora’s finest will be there to assist them out of the neighborhood. Somehow, the idea that there’s 10+ feet of snake ‘n rattle rolling through this lovely neighborhood wasn’t any one’s idea of a safe time.

Hike around Colorado long enough and you eventually will come face-to-fang with a rattle snake. Warning signs are common in the mountain parks, and–having heard your first–you develop your own subconscious sound-detector that keeps you on guard. As new residential communities have extended farther onto the prairie, these slithereens make regular appearances, as if to say “we were here first.” And they really are magnificent.

The Colorado wildlife folks offer this assurance: “Each year in the U.S., approximately 8,000-10,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes of all kinds, including rattlesnakes.  However, less than 1% (10-15 people), will actually die as a result.  In these terms, the honeybees in your garden, the lightning in a spring rainstorm, or even your daily commute pose a much greater danger.”

And should you plan to come hiking out here, we’d love to have you.

Here’s a look and a listen to help you get ready.

Photo: (c) 2011 SND/Colorado


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