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12 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
tomical difference between the head
of an eel and that of a rattlesnake,
(lower row), and the close resem-
blance of an eel to a nonpoison-
ous snake. The depicted beast
(Crotalus horridus) came near
making the writer "immune" from
writing about it for good. A
party of us were hunting quail and
wild doves in a friend's pasture
where lots of sunflowers ripen in
falltime, and millions of doves
signal, only about four or five
feet in front of me. Luckily,
however, I had not crossed the
wire, or else the reptile would
have struck me, since it had al-
ready coiled into a spiral shape
and was rattling fiercely. As quick
as I noticed the beast, I put a shell
into the gun and shot its neck in
two. The snake had unusually
large fangs, and I took a close
focus view of the head afterwards-
A TEXAS CENTEPEDE
congregated on mesquite trees by
a nearby tank, for their nocturnal
rest. W-e were close to the wire
fence of the pasture, when several
doves were seen alighting close to
us but inside the wire enclosure.
With the gun unloaded, and in
the act of crossing between the
wires, I was horrified to hear a
huge rattlesnake giving its warning
nicely depicted on page 13. IHad
nmy leg been entangled in the
wire fence, I certainly would have
been struck; but as it was the rat-
tler got the worst of it.
As to Texas prairie snakes in
general, occasionally one comes
across queer freaks. of nature,
such as have 1been also described
in the Texas I'ield soile years
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