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Strange, White Rattlesnake Photographed in West Texas

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Snakes generally tend to cause a stir when they’re found someplace they wouldn’t normally be. However, what if they’re simply found to look a different way than we’re used to? This was the reason behind the Facebook share of the photo of a strange-looking rock rattlesnake in west Texas.

A picture of this pale-looking rattler, which was blending in with the sidewalk beneath it, was shared by a Texas state park in El Paso last month. The number of shares its received due to its uniqueness may surprise you (just as much as the snake did the photographer!).  The Wyler Aerial Tramway – Texas Parks & Wildlife account has seen more than 7K shares of the photo since it was first posted. And, although one might think the shock value and phobias to the creature would have been the impetus for its popularity, in truth, the online reactions were more out of curiosity and awe.

Strange, White Rattlesnake Photographed in West Texas

Photo: Wikimedia

Taking the opportunity to educate on the matter, the Wyler Aerial Tramway’s post read: “We had this little friend come and cool down by one of the doors at the park; it is a Rock Rattlesnake (Crotalus lepidus). Rattlesnakes feed on lizards, small birds, small mammals (like mice), and other snakes keeping those populations under control. This guy is about 2ft (photo is zoomed in) and its coloration is light gray with black bands that help it blend in. If you see a rattlesnake, don’t get scared just give it some space to move away and leave it alone. All wildlife is protected in our State Parks.” They also provided a link from which page visitors could learn more information about snakes.