Cary Nelson is a photographer in Northeast Arkansas. Cary shoots primarily in Jackson County. But, Wednesday, May 17, she was near Cushman doing an engagement photography session.
Cary was walking along a little path and walked onto this slithering creature.
"I didn't even see him until my client started screaming," Cary said. "I looked down and saw it between my feet."
Cary had happened onto a timber rattlesnake.
"The snake, myself and my clients weren't harmed, minus the near heart attack my clients and I nearly had," she said.
Fortunately, Cary and the client weren't harmed by their brief encounter.
Timber Rattlesnake: According to the AGFC, Timber Rattlesnakes range statewide. Description: Pit viper, keeled scales. Head and body can be gray, yellow, grayish or yellowish brown, with 15-34 V-shaped black bands on the body; rusty or reddish stripe down center of back. Tail jet black; origin of the name “velvet-tail rattler.” Young are patterned like adults. Adults average 36-60 inches in length. Habitat and Habits Occurs in hardwood, mixed pinehardwood, bottomland hardwood forests and rocky or brushy fields and hillsides. Active April-October; prowls at night during hot weather. Breeds in fall or early spring, and 3-16 young are born August-October. Eats shrews, gophers, rodents, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels and birds. Researchers have observed radio-tagged medium-sized adults in trees, presumably in search of prey.