While scouting one of our ponds for deer tracks, I was focused on mud around the pond when my cousin Wes said to me, “You just almost stepped on a rattler.”
I turned around and saw that I had stepped less than a foot from a silent four foot long rattler.
I wondered why it hadn’t moved or rattled to warn me off.
I examined the rattler more closely. Then I spotted the large lump in his belly. This snake was full of squirrel.
You can see that he has a large lump in the middle of him. Apparently he was somewhat immobilized by indigestion.