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Mark Heatherington / 13 items

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Today was what I call Rattlesnake weather….. 80F, partly cloudy and high humidity. It did not take long to confirm my prediction. This one was sleeping in the shade about 15 meters from my house.

“The rattlesnake is the only dangerously venomous reptile in Oregon. Among the state's native wildlife, few other animals generate as many fears, false perceptions, and tall tales. In reality, however, few people see rattlesnakes in the wild. They want to be left alone and will never advance toward a human. Even when cornered, a defensively coiled rattlesnake can strike outward with just the forward half of its body. Anyone six feet or more away is well outside biting range….. A rattlesnake's fangs are connected to glands on each side of the animal's broad head, efficiently injecting venom for both defense and the killing of food. Rattlesnakes are pit vipers, with a small heat-sensing indention on each side of their snout that detects warm-blooded prey for better striking accuracy in the dark. If a person is bitten by a rattlesnake, the current recommendation is to quickly find medical care for antivenom treatment rather than administering first aid.”
Source :oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/rattlesnakes
Brown Acres – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

Tags:   Western Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus Brown Acres Jackson County Oregon Mark Heatherington

N 73 B 1.7K C 18 E Aug 28, 2016 F Aug 29, 2016
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A wildfire is burning to the Southwest, while I don't like that, it does make for nice colors at sunset.

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If you look closely there is a second one deeper into the woods.
Black-tailed Does
Old Siskiyou Highway - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

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Emigrant Lake - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Tags:   black-tailed jackrabbit jackson county oregon emigrant lake

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Townsend’s Chipmunk (Tamias townsendii)


Townsendʼs chipmunks are found in southwestern British Columbia and western Washington and Oregon. In Oregon, they are found from the Cascade Range to the coast. Townsendʼs chipmunks live in dense hardwood forests and humid coniferous forests.
Townsendʼs chipmunks are shyer than other chipmunks, so watch carefully for them. Listen for their call—a fast, highpitched series of “chip, chip, chip.” It may sound like a birdʼs call muffled by bushes. Their call sometimes is used to warn of intruders such as people, predators, and other chipmunks. If you are lucky, you might see a chipmunk sitting on a stump or log. Townsendʼs chipmunks eat a variety of foods. In the summer and fall, they eat berries such as blackberries, salal berries, and thimbleberries. In the late fall, they eat acorns, huckleberries, maple seeds, thistle seeds, grain seeds, grass, roots, and conifer seeds. In the winter, they search for fungi, which they find by smell and dig up to eat. Chipmunks also eat insects, especially beetles.
Source : Oregon State University
Howard Prairie Lake – Cascade Mountains – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

Tags:   Townsend’s Chipmunk Tamias townsendii Howard Prairie Lake Jackson County Oregon Southern Oregon Cascade Mountains Mark Heatherington


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