May 13, 2009
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When people think of prairie rattlesnakes, they generally think of sand, cactus and hot dusty rocks. Here’s an alternate view!
These pictures were taken in southern Alberta, just north of Dinosaur Provincial Park, and yes the park has a healthy rattlesnake population. Whether this big guy was too hot, or just trying to get to the other side, he tackled the Red Deer River with ease.
Western diamond-backed rattlesnake
Into the water
And away we go
All snakes can swim. They use the water’s surface tension to glide and can lift 1/4 to 1/3 of their body length off of the water surface. But you don’t generally think of snakes in the hot, arid prairies taking a dip!