Wanted: Stamps of Rattlesnakes

Wanted: Stamps of Rattlesnakes

Post by Breckbar » Sun, 04 Jun 1995 04:00:00



I am looking for any stamps with rattlesnakes on them. I already have
Nicaragua C1037.

I know of Aruba 50. Certainly there are others?

 
 
 

Wanted: Stamps of Rattlesnakes

Post by RWalenci » Mon, 05 Jun 1995 04:00:00


There was a local post here in the US called Rattlesnake Island.  Believe
they had some stamps with rattlesnakes on them, if you're interested in
locals. (As I recall, they were well done and mostly diamond shaped.)  I
might have a few of their FDC's, if you're interested.  

Perhaps others on this list could tell you more about them.

Regards,
Ron


 
 
 

Wanted: Stamps of Rattlesnakes

Post by Douglas Foxv » Tue, 06 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>I am looking for any stamps with rattlesnakes on them. I already have
>Nicaragua C1037.
>I know of Aruba 50. Certainly there are others?

Mexico has a rattlesnake on its coat of arms.  Thus all the Mexican stamps
with coats of arms have rattlesnakes (The eagle sitting on the cactus is
holding it.

I also have a reference that I have a US stamp with a rattlesnake on it.
But i don't know which stamp it is.

--
doug foxvog

Technical Research Centre of Finland (Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus)
P.O.Box 201, Oulu 90571, Finland

 
 
 

Wanted: Stamps of Rattlesnakes

Post by Ed Jacks » Tue, 06 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

> Mexico has a rattlesnake on its coat of arms.  Thus all the Mexican stamps
> with coats of arms have rattlesnakes (The eagle sitting on the cactus is
> holding it.

> I also have a reference that I have a US stamp with a rattlesnake on it.
> But i don't know which stamp it is.

That would Scott 1354, famous "Don't Tread on Me" stamp from the American
Revolution.  The rattlesnake became a favorite symbol of resistance to
British policies in the American colonies prior to the Revolution.

I thought there would be a rattlesnake on the 1960 U.S. stamp honoring
Mexican independence (Scott 1157) but a close examination shows no snake.
Another possibility--the colorful designs on 4 Pueblo Indian clay pots
issued in 1977 (Scott 1706-1709)--turned out to be snakeless.  The 1976
state flag set (thought there might be one on state flags of western
states) and the 1987 50-stamp American Wildlife set also struck out.

So, the flag stamp appears to be the only U.S. stamp with a rattlesnake.
Speaking of rattlesnakes, are they only found in the Western Hemisphere?

Ed Jackson

 
 
 

Wanted: Stamps of Rattlesnakes

Post by dfletc.. » Wed, 07 Jun 1995 04:00:00


As regards the rattlesnakes (genera, Crotalus and Sistrurus), they
do only occur in the Westtern Hemisphere.  There are several cases
though of parallel evolution among the vipers.  An example would
be Cerastes cerastes, the horned viper, which is identical in
appearance to the sidewinder of the S.W. United States.  There is
also a rattlesnake which has no rattle, Crotalus catalinensis
which occurs only on islands in the Gulf of California.

If there are any collectors of reptile and amphibian topicals out
there, please let me know.  I am currently working on an updated
checklist of all the identifiable herps on stamps.

Dave Fletcher

 
 
 

Wanted: Stamps of Rattlesnakes

Post by Ronald J. O'Callagh » Thu, 08 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:


>>I am looking for any stamps with rattlesnakes on them. I already have
>>Nicaragua C1037.

>>I know of Aruba 50. Certainly there are others?

Not near my catalog, but in the '70s U.S. had a series of flag stamps,
Rev. War I think, the "Don't Tread on Me" number has a rattlesnake.