That it was a snake, was not a surprise. That it was a young diamondback, was a big surprise. It is the first rattlesnake we have found on our property.
It was so young that is had no rattles nor even a button, just a black spot on the tip of its tail. It was only about 16 inches long.
It was just beside the entrance to the garage when B spotted it.
Hose, hook and hiss: all have similar form here.
The following day, we came upon its sibling, dead in the road at the end of our block. Same length. Same black spot with no rattles. Hmmmm. Sssssssounds like a hatch.