Hog Nose (was: Massasauga) (Nordhouse Dunes 3)

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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.

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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.

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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)? 

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They are beautiful, elegant, hit you when you expect it least, and sneak away when you don’t look.

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Sometimes, they also just sit there thoughtfully and lick their tongue.

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