Uncommon snake discovered by Mississippi landowner now on show at state’s pure science museum
Printed 7:30 am Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Guests to MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Pure Science can now see a uncommon, uniquely coloured, canebrake rattlesnake and be taught extra about this species.
“The Museum was alerted about this snake by non-public landowners in Yazoo County, MS and we’re excited to have it,” Museum Director Charles Knight stated. “As soon as on the Museum, the snake was held behind the scenes for a number of months receiving the very best of care from our devoted employees because it acclimated to its new residence. It’s doing effectively and has now been positioned on public show for all to see.”
Somewhat than having the standard distinct black chevron markings on a grey or tan physique, this rattlesnake has a muted sample with orange eyes and pale pinkish-brown physique coloration. It reveals a kind of albinism that ends in much less, however not a whole absence, of darkish pigments.
Canebrake, or timber, rattlesnakes will be discovered throughout a lot of Mississippi, although are uncommon close to the Gulf Coast which is primarily diamondback rattlesnake territory. They’re usually shy and secretive, and their numbers are declining throughout their vary. Grownup canebrake rattlesnakes common about 4 ft in size however might often attain lengths of about 6 ft.
The museum is positioned at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson, Mississippi. Museum admission is: $8 for adults, $6 for youth ages 3-18, and $7 for senior residents ages 60 or is included with Mississippi Museum of Pure Science Basis Membership. Guests can get extra particulars in regards to the museum and plan their go to by clicking right here or by calling 601-576-6000.