Tom's Top Tales - snakes
Email of the week this week came complete with very scary photographs! Who knew there was an imitation rattlesnake abroad?
My brother is terrified of snakes. While camping with a group this spring on a remote island in Northern Wisconsin we came across the snake in the attached photos. I quickly picked it up with a large stick and my brother, out of his mind with fear, proceeded to run to the canoe and leave us stranded on the island. I thought about launching the viper into the canoe with him, but decided against it. He eventually came back and we got these photos while leaving. The snake is a harmless species known locally as a Fox Snake. It rattles it's tail against dry leaves to fool you into believing it is a rattle snake.
Eric in Wisconsin
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