Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes: Variation, Quantities, & Life Lessons

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10 Responses to “Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes: Variation, Quantities, & Life Lessons”

  1. Pat Greeley says:

    I would like to have permission to use the photo that is under the pharse “back off”. I think it is a very good picture and I would like to make a flag with it. Please let me know what your terms are.

    Thank you

    Pat Greeley

  2. Bryan says:


    Glad you like it. Email me with the following information, and I’ll give you information on a limited license for your flag.

    – How many flags you’ll be making
    – For what purpose will the flags be used?

    Thanks, my email is

  3. Pat Greeley says:

    Hi Bryan,
    Sorry I missed your quick response. I guess I didn’t check the followup box. Not sure how many flags and now possibly some Tee Shirts with some clever quotes. I have no idea how well this will work so I don’t know how to put a number on this. Just a guess Maybe 6 flags and 100 Tee shirts.


    Pat Greeley

    916 628 3948

  4. Tim Smith says:

    I am looking to purchase a baby western diamondback rattlesnake. I was wondering if you could help me in my search

  5. Bryan says:

    If you live outside of Arizona, just look on for a wide variety of cheap captive born animals. It is illegal to purchase any animal originating from Arizona, including captive born offspring of wild caught animals. If you do live within Arizona, it is illegal for you to purchase one anywhere … but it’s not hard to just go catch one. Are you from AZ? Do you have experience with hots?

  6. Michael says:

    What species were you referring to in your post that may not actually exist in Arizona?

  7. Bryan says:

    I realize that I really worded that poorly. I was referring more to certain locales of animals that seem like they should be there, but are not recorded in any recent history. An example would be our massassaugas being in any grassland other than the tiny patch where they currently live, although other pockets existed elsewhere in the past. Another from that area would be a prairie rattlesnake, which is incredibly common just 20 miles from where I was at, but is not recorded there.

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  9. Jessica Haynes says:

    Hi Bryan!

    Love your passion rattlesnakes!

    My son is working on a 6th-Grade Science, PowerPoint Project on the Western Diamondback…and is curious if he may have your permission to utilize a few of your stunning photos?! In particular the “Baby Rattlesnake” photos in Hidalgo County, NM and Cochise County, AZ; highlighting the prebutton…along with the “Crotalus atrox” in Cochise as well.

    We are originally from Pima County, Arizona and give much appreciation to your incredible dedication to the rattlers!

  10. Randy Hale says:

    I work at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in SW Oklahoma.
    I just caught a western diamondback, at our prairie dog town. I have been after this snake for two years. This snake is massive, but the coloration was what surprised me. It is much darker than I have ever seen. It is a dark chocolate color. I am wondering if
    age influences it’s color? I’ll send pictures.

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