He's as much a part of our Western landscape as the bison and the Grizzly Bear (well, those two used to be part of the landscape), but the rattlesnake has proven to be a whole lot more resilient.
He's also on the move these days, sunning himself and looking for water as our creeks begin to dry up with the approach of summer.
Trent writes that his neighbors up on Rimer Drive and Tharp in Moraga were relocating a "100 percent hot blooded and angry" rattlesnake in his front yard Monday -- convinced that the critter posed no danger because its trademark rattles were missing.
"No rattles, not a rattle snake," Trent said the neighbor boy told him when he released the snake in Trent's yard. "I learned it in school."
Well, sometimes, and Trent -- who said he was raised on a ranch -- knows that Mr. Rattler sometimes loses his trademark rattles, but is still capable of packing quite a punch.
"My only issue is that some people seem to think they are garden snakes given that they lack rattles," he said.
So, here's a little video on identification, and hopefully you'll give Mr. Rattler a chance to get out of your way before you go reaching for the shovel.