04
Mar
10

For the idiots at the History Channel

I was channel flipping a few minutes ago and saw a picture of a timber/canebrake rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) while they were talking about “diamondback rattlesnakes” living in Texas. Yes, diamondbacks do live in Texas, but at least get the fucking species right. I’m sure you could easily find a diamondback. If you didn’t know this wasn’t a diamondback, ask anyone familiar with pit vipers to identify it for you; it’s not all that fucking difficult to tell the two apart. A diamondback has a diamond pattern on its back, hence the name. No diamond pattern=probably not a diamondback. C. horridus, on the other hand, has a chevron pattern on its back. It looks like this. See the chevron pattern that points towards the tail?

This is a diamondback rattlesnake; note the light stripes on a dark body.

This is Crotalus horridus (I’m not sure about the subspecies shown on the show). Notice the light body with dark bands? And those chevrons I talked about?

This is why I don’t leave it on the History Channel for very long.

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