Arizona Rattlesnakes

Arizona Rattlesnakes
May
23rd
2008

Ugh (Except for the molossus)

The weekend looked good for a trip up north to see what there is to see. We got a hotel room and headed out and were justified 10 minutes into our hike with a beautiful Black-Tailed Rattlesnake. It was my second in 2 weeks of my favorite rattlesnake, and Kelly’s first experience with one. I probably saved too many photos of it, but oh well. I had fun.

Crotalus molossus
Crotalus molossus
Black-Tailed Rattlesnake
Black-Tailed Rattlesnake
Crotalus molossus from Arizona
Crotalus molossus
Crotalus molossus
Crotalus molossus
Black-Tailed Rattlesnake in Arizona
Black-Tailed Rattlesnake in Arizona

The sun set and we left, and found a really aggressive Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) a mile or so away. It was a big contrast from the usual slow, solid demeanor of the molossus.

Crotalus atrox
Crotalus atrox

The rest of the trip wasn’t so much fun. There were a lot of misses … a ground snake, a whipsnake, a few other odds and ends, and maybe the largest Sonoran Gophersnake I’d ever seen. I misjudged the situation and lost him into a hole in the ground. The only other photos I took were of this Zebra-Tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconiodes) the next morning on the way out.

Callisaurus draconiodes
Callisaurus draconiodes

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2 Responses to “Ugh (Except for the molossus)”

  1. T.R. Donovan says:

    Yeah I haven’t been lucky here lately in the East Valley. I was up in the Superstitions yesterday and saw plenty of lizards and only a Western Patchnosed.

  2. Bryan says:

    Well, I have never in my life seen a Crotaphytus, despite spending quite a bit of time in prime habitat! Luck is relative stuff.

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