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Old 19 June 2009, 04:36 AM
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Comment: Heard a tale that rattlesnakes only live on the east, sunny, side
of a mountain???
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Old 19 June 2009, 05:21 AM
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Comment: Heard a tale that rattlesnakes only live on the east, sunny, side of a mountain???
Why would the east side be sunny in the afternoon?

Sunning is an important part of snakes' energy economy and metabolism, particularly in temperate climes, although even in deserts they will sun in the mornings to get going. They are probably keenly aware of access to places to either warm up or cool down, but if plants can grow in an area, then it gets enough sunlight for a snake to warm itself (if the surrounding air is not too cold).
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Old 19 June 2009, 06:01 AM
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Speaking as a man with some personal experience of California diamondbacks -- I can tell you: they live wherever they want! East, north, south, west, top, or bottom of the hill doesn't matter. I've mostly seen them in dry, rough, rocky terrain, but I've also seen 'em spread out and sunning themselves on the open road.

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Old 19 June 2009, 03:05 PM
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...but I've also seen 'em spread out and sunning themselves on the open road.
I hadn't seen dead snakes in the road for ages until this year & so far I've seen 3 squished ones & missed hitting one live one recently.
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Old 20 June 2009, 02:11 PM
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You know... of all the time I've spent in Texas throughout my life, I have never seen a wild rattler. [/hijack]
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Old 20 June 2009, 04:42 PM
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Florida has many rattlesnakes and no mountains. The diamondbacks here generally live in pine flatwoods (though I've only seen one in the wild).
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I think the OP needs to watch True Grit. That scene where Kim Darby falls into a rattlesnake-filled pit (hardly on the "east, sunny side of the mountain") gave me the shivers so badly that I was checking every single part of our house when we got home from the movies. (Watching that was far worse for me than watching Indiana Jones's similar encounter in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Possibly because, at the time when I saw True Grit, we were living in El Paso, Texas where rattlesnakes were a reality, whereas when I saw Raiders, I was living in Alabama and the odds of running into an Egyptian cobra was pretty low.)
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