I just thought I'd post some pics of the more recent additions to my snake collection. Sorry they're a little blurry, but I think my camera is on its last leg, for some reason the focus has been doing really strange things lately. Time to upgrade I guess.
Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake, Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus
She was born only about a month ago, but note the little "button" of a rattle. They're born with that, and their rattle extends with each shed of their skin, not purely with age. Plus, the rattle is pretty fragile. It is made out of keratin, the same kind of material our fingernails are made of, so they break off sometimes. So the length of a rattlesnake's rattle is not an accurate measure of its age.
Ornate Cantil, Agkistrodon taylori
Sometimes referred to as the Mexican Moccasin, it is closely related to the Cottonmouth, but obviously, from Mexico. Notice the bright green-yellow tail tip, that is an easy way to identify most North American Cottonmouths and Copperheads as babies. They all have it, and it is used for luring food, namely small frogs and lizards, into striking range. The color slowly fades, and turns body color or to a gray by about a year of age.
Western Pygmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius streckeri
Very cool little snakes with a tiny rattle that only gives off a high pitched buzzing noise that you almost can't hear. Kind of like the noise of a fly in a window pane.
Hopi Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis nuntius
This is the species the Native American Hopi tribe used in their rituals and rain dances, and so forth. They're pretty rare in captivity, I was lucky to come across this little boy.
I suppose I should note that I, in no way, advocate the keeping venomous snakes. It is something that takes proper training, and a good amount of education and support. It isn't something someone should just go out and do because they think it would be cool. It takes a large amount of responsibility and acceptance of the potential consequences, not to mention the knowledge of what to do, and the resources to do it, if the worst should occur.