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PrRtlSnake-1373

PrRtlSnake-1373

This prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) is in the process of shedding its skin which will take between 7-10 days. During that time, the scales covering its eyes (called brille) cloud up and turn blue, rendering the snake almost totally blind and leaving it vulnerable to predators. Because it is a pit viper however, it can still detect prey with its heat sensing facial pits located between its eyes and nostrils.