Southwestern Field Herpetology

Southwestern Field Herpetology
Aug
4th
2009

Arizona Black Rattlesnake

After 10 hours of hard hiking and searching in the June heat, I found my target: the Arizona Black Rattlesnake, Crotalus cerberus. This is only the third I’ve ever seen, and the darkest coloration of my experience with them.

Here it is as it was found, sleeping in a rock cut

Crotalus cerberus
Crotalus cerberus
Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Arizona Black Rattlesnake

I left to search further into the canyon, but found nothing. On the way out, as the sun had just gone over the edge of the mountains, I found the same snake in a different location, about 100 feet from the original hideout. It was sleeping in the middle of the wash. I was able to once again sneak a few photos without disturbing the animal, and left without it even knowing I had found it both times.

Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Crotalus cerberus
Crotalus cerberus

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3 Responses to “Arizona Black Rattlesnake”

  1. Jörgen says:

    I sure like your photographs.
    You have to have patience whit my english. Iám a guy in sweden how keeps reptiles and have done that since i was 17 years old. Today iám 35 years. I have a friend how has been to Arizona a few times and have seen alot of his photographs too. And i sure hope i can come and see the nature and all the beautiful animals. I keep a some species from the area. but its not the same as seeing them in nature.

  2. Aaron says:

    Nice find. I’ll be headed out August 4th to hopefully find my first AZ Black.

  3. Bryan says:

    Awesome. Good luck. Where in Yavapai County do you live?

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