What kind of snake? Looks like some kind of rat/pine snake. Something that would be hunting the rats and birds that live in the dunes. I try to watch where I put my feet, so I'm going to say no, I wouldn't have stepped on it.
Kevin,It's a diamondback that is superbly camo'd. He used to live where they built the new YMCA on Anastasia Island.
YIPES! I hate those things. I try to make as much noise as possible around here during certain times of the year (like now) because I hate it when I run into those guys. I cannot find the beauty in snakes...what a wimp.
I was going to say, it's definitely a pit viper of some sort... I'd have stepped on him, probably - then I would have wished I hadn't, surely.
I thought diamondback, but didn't think the pattern was clear enough. Now that you've told me, I can see the pattern. How big was it?
To All,Rattlesnakes are very common behind the dune line. If this guy had not gone off like a buzz saw, I might have stepped right on him/her. This is an old pic of a diamondback that lived in a State Park called Anastasia Island State Recreation Area. It's a beach park. A local senator (Upchurch) pushed through a bill to give a chunk of OUR park land to the YMCA so wealthy beach residents would not have to go into the city to work out, etc. This old snake sunned in the same spot every day and I could almost guarantee finding him outside his den...until they built the Y on our land. Bitter...no not me.
Very nice! We don't have diamondbacks here, but we do have canebrakes. I am always excited to see one.They took park land to build a Y?!?! No need to explain how I feel about that.
Swamp,It was a while ago and my letters to the editor at the time didn't do any good. The canebrake is listed in FL, but I have never come across one.
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