Crotalus horridus, the Timber rattlesnake;
Lanier county, Georgia (12 June 2013).
Though they don’t quite range as far south as my home territory of Volusia county, Florida, I was fortunate enough to live in South Georgia for a few years — within their range. This is the infamous Timber rattlesnake (think: “Don’t tread on me!”) of American lore. Though not aggressive, this is a large, venomous pit viper. It is indeed best to not tread on it. This individual was photographed on a lonely rural road in Lanier county, Georgia (just northeast of Valdosta over the county line).