Rattlesnakes are truly fascinating creatures and the most recently evolved of the world’s snakes, coming only from the western hemisphere (mainly North America).
Rattlesnakes fill a 3.5 million year old niche in nature, keeping rodent populations in check. They, in turn, are food for hawks, eagles, ravens, roadrunners, kingsnakes, bullsnakes, badgers, coyotes, bobcats, alligators and bullfrogs! But humans are their greatest threat.
Someone once said to me, “Anything you can draw, a snake can do.” – direct observation has proven this true. 150 to 430+ vertebrae (we humans have only 33!), each vertebra having a pair of ribs coming off with up to 24 muscles attached, creates amazing flexibility- for the snake AND the artist! A snake can retract its body, turn and fold practically in half, but cannot crawl backwards. Always allow them an escape route!
Originally created as a basswood woodcarving, this bronze wildlife sculpture has been accepted into, and traveled to and with, some of the most prestigious wildlife art and sculpture shows in the U.S. and Canada! It’s show history is as follows: The 2010 Indiana Wildlife Artists annual show, Muncie, Indiana; the 2010 “Art of the Animal Kingdom” Benningtion Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont; the 2010 National Sculpture Society “Virtual Art Show“; the 50th Anniversary 2010 Society of Animal Artists annual show, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, California; The 2011 Artists For Conservation annual show “The Art of Conservation“; and the 2011 Artists For Conservation touring show, “The Art of Conservation”, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona.
Chosen for the 2014 New Mexico’s “Art In Public Places” program, and purchased by the Port of Entry, Lordsburg, New Mexico, for public art display.