Monday, September 30, 2013

Readers Write In: What is this Texas Rattlesnake?


Dear Mr. Steen,

Can you tell me what kind of a rattlesnake this is (outside of Houston TX)

F. B. H., M.D.
Houston, Texas

Is it true that the motto of the Texas Rangers used to be "shoot first and ask questions later?"

The rattle is a giveaway that this animal is a rattlesnake. But readers, would you please let the good doctor know what kind of dead rattlesnake this is? Texas is home to a relatively large number of rattlesnake species, so, if you can, be sure to indicate how you ruled out the other rattlers in the area.

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