I recently receieved a request from Gary Hart, a member of the vast readership of gregjones.org. I’d like to support Gary’s efforts to achieve his employment-related personal development plan. His plan includes online study, and apparently material on encounters with Great Basin Rattlesnakes (GBRs) would be germane. If any member of my vast readership has had such an encounter, please post your account as a comment to this entry. A wealth of information on GBRs is found at www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/c.o.lutosus.html.
As for myself, I doubt that I have ever encountered a GBR. As a youth I went with my father and my brothers on a backpacking trip to Willow Lakes in Colorado. My younger brother Doug wandered away from camp unnoticed, but he had our attention when he scrambled out from behind a big rock and screamed that he had encountered a rattlesnake. I’m not sure we fully investigated his claim, which I find quite interesting in retrospect, given that his alleged encounter occurred yards from the campsite we used for several days thereafter. Unfortunately, even if Doug encountered a rattlesnake, it is unlikely it was a GBR as GBRs do not reside in Colorado. Perhaps Gary Hart already knew that?
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