This banded rock rattlesnake reluctantly retreated from Hinds Cave when the archeologists arrived each summer. Although most of us consider rattlesnakes dangerous because of their poisonous venom, the prehistoric peoples who stayed at Hinds Cave may have considered them food resources. The bones of the rock rattlesnake and three other species of rattlesnakes were tentatively identified from the Hinds Cave deposits. Snake vertebrae were also found in several coprolites. Photo by Phil Williams. TAMU Anthropology archives.

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