Hike at Shark Valley

This dusky pigmy rattlesnake was coiled on the Bobcat Boardwalk at Shark Valley, Everglades National Park. DSC_0097

Like other rattlesnakes, cryptic coloration allows the dusky pigmy rattlesnake to be concealed. And I can see how this little snake would have blended right in the dirt and leaf litter. Pigmies are more like to warn predators by rapid head twitches (side-to-side, with the head moving only a centimeter or two) than by rattling. But this smaller rattlesnake has a reputation for protecting itself.

Off the main trail, this palm warbler had a little breakfast snack. DSC_0081

Another migratory species was out. We saw a few of these monarchs.
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