Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Arizona Black Rattlesnake right after a shed.

I watched my Arizona Black Rattlesnake shed his skin late last night, and this morning took him out for some photos with his fresh, new scales. My wife Kelly took the pictures, and got some of the amazing iridescence in the morning light. This is truly the most beautiful rattlesnake I’ve ever seen … awesome awesome awesome snake!


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14 Responses to “Arizona Black Rattlesnake right after a shed.”

  1. Larry Reeves says:

    wow, that snake is beautiful. great capture…love that iridescence!!

  2. Bryan says:

    Thanks Larry, that rainbow sheen is hard to get on this guy. Most of the time the black is pretty matte, but for a few days after shed it has that brand new look to it and he looks amazing.

  3. Michael says:

    Would cerberus be your favorite species of rattlesnake? I personally like the black-tailed rattlesnake…

  4. Bryan says:

    Cerbs are definitely up there, but I’m with you on the molossus. They’re definitely my favorite. I found a killer yellow one yesterday in the New River mtns.

  5. Michael says:

    Awesome! Get any good pics? I found one a couple weeks ago with blue eyes… is this normal or just a genetic phenomenon?

  6. Bryan says:

    Whoa, really? Did you get any photos of it? Was it possibly just pre-shed blue? I’d love to see it.

  7. Michael says:

    Yeah I was able to get one halfway decent photo (it was a dark, drizzly day and the snake was in a crevice, and my cousins were pressing me to move on). I doubt it was pre-shed, because it’s scales were a clean, vibrant greenish-yellow. Can I email it to you?

  8. Bryan says:

    Please do, bryan dot hughes @ me dot com

  9. Michael says:

    Email sent…

  10. tim says:

    hey bryan i am michael hughes cousin the kid who u were talking to about the black tail (wich i spotted by the way) and i wanted to come with u guys to saddle mtn. to find gila monsters could i come?

  11. Nice cerb! I’m kind of partial to the ones without the yellow banding. Love the velvety look after a fresh shed too!

  12. Bryan says:

    They’re awesome. Too bad about the Utah thing … my two cerbs (not a single yellow scale between them) have been locking up since late June, and she’s certainly gravid.

  13. Max Draper says:

    WOW! I like you am an avid molossus fan. But that AZ Black is one of if not the MOST stunning rattlesnakes I have ever seen. Nice! Great website too!

  14. Bryan says:

    Thanks! He’s definitely one of my favorites. He lives with a female that’s just as black, and she’s gravid. I can’t wait to see what those babies look like.

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