The Eastern Massasauga is Michigan’s only poisonous snake. This was my first encounter with a rattlesnake, I didn’t expect to find her at a beach in Michigan.
The camouflage in the dried sea grass is near perfect, but the human predator trying to get a better picture annoyed her, so she moved.
Why do us men think of snakes as female, and reserve the male attribute to her larger brother, the dragon (whom I still have to find)?
They are beautiful, elegant, hit you when you expect it least, and sneak away when you don’t look.
Sometimes, they also just sit there thoughtfully and lick their tongue.