Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Another Neonate horridus

Number 3 of 11 at this spot, out in the light rain.


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7 Responses to “Another Neonate horridus”

  1. Crotalus says:

    IIRC, these are the snakes of the original Rattlesnake Flags of the American Revolution.

  2. Bryan says:

    That they are, and that message seems to have been lost on the majority of those who wave that banner again.

  3. Crotalus says:

    The message being that people are using the wrong snake for the flags, or that they have forgotten the words and the warning they convey?

  4. Bryan says:

    The latter. The words from the mouths of those with it on their tshirts and bumper stickers don’t match with the actions they support. The animal is not meant as a threat, but to show the nobility of peace until provoked.

    “She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders” – B. Franklin

  5. Crotalus says:

    If you mean the Tea Party protesters, that is how they were using the flag, as Ben so noted. Or so it seems to me.

  6. Bryan says:

    I’d strongly disagree with that. In regards to that attitude with the snakes alone, go to any of the rattlesnake roundups and see how many times that sticker shows up in the parking lot.

  7. Crotalus says:

    Ah. NowI understand what you’re getting at. I’m not thrilled with the roundups either.

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