Rattlesnakes Northern California - Mendocino County / Lake County
Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus of the subfamily Crotalinae ("pit vipers").
Though rattlesnakes are dangerous if provoked, they also provide humans with a tremendous service they eat rodents, other reptiles, and insects, and are in turn eaten by other predators.
Our specific study is in the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake; Crotalus oreganus oreganus. All rattlesnakes in our video's are catch and release. We learn from and respect wildlife, no rattlers were harmed in the making of these video's... all rattlesnake specimens are respectfully released after pics and video to continue their life in the wild.
We are on a volunteer mission, our documentation of rattlesnakes for educational purposes. Our studies have changed our minds of rattlesnake and now understand them to a degree that confirms several important facts. And that is...
1. Rattlesnakes are one of Gods most misunderstood life forms.
2. Rattlesnakes are a marvel of nature, their ability to adapt to harsh and baron conditions such as the Mojave Desert, to live at high mountain elevations... to survive for months without food and very little water.
3. Rattlesnakes camouflage to match the local surroundings for self protection and ease of hunting.
4. Their ability to catch and immobilize their prey with a strike that injects a various powerful mixtures of toxic venoms such as; Neurotoxin, Hemotoxin, Cytotoxin and myotoxin.
There are many misconceptions regarding the rattlesnake... one in particular misconception is they are killers and they attack you. Well, no... They DO NOT attack you. In the vast majority of rattlesnakes that we encounter in the field, I can attest to the fact that they DO NOT attack. I can also attest to the fact that all they want to do is flee from you, they are deathly afraid of humans, and for good reason!
The human being is the rattlesnakes most formidable and destructive predator. Only humans kill rattlesnakes for absolutely NO reason, with no regard... with complete forethought of malice.
Rattlesnakes have their own list of deadly predators in the wild to deal with on a daily basis. They are hunted and preyed on by a long list of wild animal life; skunk, raccoon, coyote, wolves, fox, bobcat…, birds of prey; hawks, eagles, owls, crows, ravens etc.
Rattlesnakes are definitely NOT on the top of the natural wildlife food chain. They do however provide a very delicate balance in nature. And to preserve that balance, as sensible humans, we must acknowledge their importance to wildlife. When we encounter a rattlesnake in their natural habitat, we must allow them the right of way and let them live their lives.
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