While at Line Creek tonight, I had a run in with several types of critters. A few snapping turtles (regular and alligator), a couple skinks enjoying the mud along the creek, tad poles galore, and hundreds of basking Fence Lizards. I also had a run in with a timber rattlesnake. I had stepped down onto a out cropping in the rocks, heard the rattle, and jumped to the next rock down (cut and banged up my leg pretty good in the process) and then watched it retreat under the rock some more as it stared me down. I am guessing it was a she, pretty big girth wise and length wise (easily big enough to eat a large adult squirrel). Had gorgeous pattern and color to her, a silverish grey with jet black markings and silver eyes. Sadly, where she hid and my lack of nerve to reach my hand into the hole, I couldn't get a picture to turn out, only got one of her outline to come out, but it was still blurred and distorted from the mix of lighting. I will admit that the run in with the rattler was very unexpected and startling, but thankfully my dog was more interested in the lizards than what I was doing. However, this has me wondering how many close encounters I have had without even realizing it on my walks out there at least twice a week. *eek* Some pics: Can you find the fence lizard? lol this is the area where I ran into the Timber Rattlesnake. Perfect place for it to bask and be camouflaged against the rocks.