This is a diamondback I’ve been watching for awhile, and successfully out of sight until this particular morning when he found me first. Lesson learned that day: just because a snake is sitting at the exact same place every day for a 14 days doesn’t mean he’ll be in the same spot for 15. Took a quick picture and left him alone, and have visited many times since.
Here’s his ladyfriend/roomie out hunting early one morning. There are at least 4 different diamondbacks that I’ve seen that live in this one hole, and 14 total within a half mile that can be visited with regularity. The hole is within 20 feet of a popular walking trail, too, but from the tracks they leave it looks like they don’t go that direction. Good for passive hikers, good for the snakes.