Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I hike this seven mile stretch of the AT a lot because it’s close to the town we live in and it’s a great section of trail that’s tough enough so it’s not all that popular with other hikers.
This section of the AT has become home to more timber rattlesnakes than any section in Connecticut and while we hike it a lot, we’ve only seen one once before.
This one was smaller, about three feet and lighter colored. Dave thought it was close to losing its skin and that’s why the color was so dull. As far as I’m concerned, a rattlesnake is a rattlesnake and this one was a few feet off the trail, close enough to strike a hiker sitting down on the rock next to it.
We only saw it by accident because there was a wild orchid a few feet away that Dave bent down to take a shot of. Good thing he saw this guy in his peripheral vision.