Out riding the back roads today near Addison Oaks and came across a snake on the road. I passed it but turned around to get a closer look as the markings were unusual. As I got closer I saw the dark brown markings and then heard a rattle. Sure enough it was a small Massassagua rattle snake, about 18 inches long and and an inch in diameter but had a very loud rattle when agitated.
I have seen posters in all the area parks that say they are around but I have never actually seen one. There are a couple of snakes that can be confused with this snake and I have seen a lot that I thought were rattlers but weren't. It was cool to see one like this but I will definitely be keeping an eye out while in the woods.