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A most stunning serpent by InKibus A most stunning serpent by InKibus
Full mugshot of the previous-tail-ender here- [link]

All together class......

:faint:
Isn't is astounding? Thank god for zoom lenses.
Though there is that temptation to just pet it.... hmmm, maybe not...
It was totally calm and polite, and even after the boys nearly trampled it and then gave it the long-stick poke, it gave a warning buzz, then went back to it's bunker.

So, hopefully we'll just all exist together and not accidentally hurt the other.


Reptiles and amphibians to see on my DA page-
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:iconkedaousadamaa:
kedaousadamaa Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Student General Artist
its so cute X333 i wanna pet it XD althow i dun wanna get bit X3
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Same here, I just want to reach out and feel those scales!
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Miss-Minerva-Sage Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
There were lots of rattlers where I grew up - they are pretty mellow and very beautiful. I love the viper shaped head. This one has lovely markings!
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InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
That head is awesome, there is something dragon-like to behold. And MOST rattlesnakes I've ever met are just mellow fat dragons that want to be left alone, not monsters. :nod:
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Miss-Minerva-Sage Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
I love snakes - I think they are SO beautiful! :heart: I've often thought of having one as a pet.

We have a bunch in our yard that I am always trying to catch but they are fast little buggers! There are just loads of super dark brown (like bark colored) garter snakes in our back yard, and I go "where ARE you little sneaky snakes???" but they just slip away from me. :frustrated:

My old cat is fascinated by them - he's never been an outside cat so he's never seen anything like that before and he hardly knows what to do with himself. lol He bats at them as they wind around and slither away from him and then he looks at me and me-yowls like I let it get away! :laughing: But he never actually hurts them and they definitely don't hurt him. Besides, they are masters of camouflage and I know we only see a small percentage of them - they nest in our yard each winter. :aww:
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fortysecondarcha Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Wow. Those are some amazing colors, and that is one big, fat, healthy looking snake. ^_^
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
It has been spotted for several years, and there are at a least a dozen layers of rattle-segements on the tail.
So it's older, and very healthy.
And since it hasn't bothered us, we're putting up a warning sign so no one will kill it. :nod:
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fortysecondarcha Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
good plan. It would be a pity if someone killed it.
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
What a magnificent specimen!
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
It most certainly was, one of the most colorful I have ever seen. :nod:
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
Definitely one truly polite rattler. :)
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
Very very polite, and he's getting his own sign to warn other he's a polite fellow, just don't step on him. :) I know, i know, so many people get bitten and are scared, and i pray that I never get bitten in my life.
But everyone finds it their duty to kill every rattlesnake that meet. This one has been here for years, so I think we can try and co-exist. ;)
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
Nods, I have come across timber rattlers in the forest, even had them crawl across my boot, just stayed quiet and let them go on their way. :)
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Angel-or-Phantom Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Polite rattlesnakes. :: snerk :: Brilliant, Inki.
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InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
He was polite. :nod: Most rattlesnakes don't want trouble at all, they are just so well camoflauged people walk on them and scare tham.
This one tolerated nearly being stepped on, and sat there like a beauty for me. :D
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Angel-or-Phantom Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
Must be an Oxford trained Rattlesnake.
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
:lmao:
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Civilisedwookie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Nature is fucking awesome!
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
It most certainly is! :headbang:
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SilverDragonwolf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
such a beauty, are you sure he doesn't want a nice pat or perhaps somewhere nice and warm and cozy to curl up in ;P
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
I was juuust soooo tempted to pet him! :D
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, he's a pretty boy... I want to pet him!
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
THank you! I was so inclined to pet him....
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marychain Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
hoooly shit!
that is one HUGE, menacing rattler...but man, is he gorgeous! great photo!
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Very beautiful, very menacing.
Lethal, that snake is. ;)
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marychain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
am i getting gyro captain vibes off of this? ;P
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
Weeeelll, I do sit up at night practising my Gyro-Captain voice.... ;P And he is one of my favorite characters....
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marychain Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
:rofl:
this is why you're awesome XD
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AJChimaera Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a beautiful snake :D

Zoom lenses? Here was I thinking you've just commanded it to sit still while you got the macro close-up ;P

You could always strap your camera to a long stick, with a little trigger to hit the button...
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InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
I was actually a few feeet away, but still, zooming was good enough. ;)
I think I could have gotten even closer, he really wasn't bothered.
I wasn't going to push his politeness though. ;)
Rattlesnakes do want to fight, and are not aggressive. That's why people can handle them.
Most bites are accidents, like someone rockclimbing suddenly putting a hand on or by one and the snake get startled.
I have had so many people remark how they've walked right over them without even seeing them, and the snake just sits.
So, I am quite happy to get reasonbly close to the fella
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AJChimaera Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Well they're pretty smart - if it's too big to eat, there's no point in attacking except in self defence :)
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am-cravioto Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Student General Artist
Uhh that's cool


It's big, dangerous looking and actually cute
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! It is frightening lookinf, but also very lovely to see!
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