That sure is a nice looking snake.
Doak, your "rattler" info reminded me of my Grandpa. Cockatoo, you woulda liked him LOL. He told me about catching a rattle snake on a trip he and some buddies made to their cottage in Michigan years and years ago. They were all teenagers, and a little wild and wooly. They caught the snake, and had it in a cardboard box in their back seat. On their way back into Indiana an ISP Trooper pulled them over, for whatever reason. He wanted to go thru their car, so they warned him about the snake. He of course didn't believe them and opened the box. Grandpa, at this part of the story, laughed pretty hard (and he didn't laugh much). He said the trooper ran backwards trying to pull his gun and yelling all at the same time. He nearly fell on his back. He didn't get any rounds fired, but he knocked the box over and they lost their precious snake. LOL
So, cockatoo, just make sure you don't ride around with your snakes. LOL