Arizona Rattlesnakes

Arizona Rattlesnakes

Diamondback Rattlesnake Whoops

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.

Diamondback Rattlesnake

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.


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6 Responses to “Diamondback Rattlesnake Whoops”

  1. I like the defensive position in the first image. What is the safety distance to shoot a snake like this?

  2. Crotalus says:

    Bryan, have you seen the series “V” on t.v.? The one where the outer space ‘Visitors’ are planning a stealth take-over of Earth?. In the old series, back in the ’90s, the space ships were the standard flying saucers, but the ships in the remake are shaped differently. I didn’t take much notice, but one day, the light suddenly went on. These aliens are a reptilian people, and their ships are shaped like rattlesnake heads!

    Great picture of the rattler ready to do battle!

  3. Bryan says:

    I have seen a few episodes, but I ended up hating it. Science fiction on network tv all suffers from the same dilution issues, it seems. That’s an interesting take on the shape of the ships; to google images with me!

  4. Bryan says:

    I was about 4 feet away, and would not advise that in the least bit unless very experienced with the animals. I’d say give a good 10′. They don’t chase or jump, but you want to have as many options as possible to move in multiple directions, and always check your shoe laces.

  5. Crotalus says:

    Bryan, I do have a question, about glossy snakes. Do they do well in captivity, and will they take mice? We have the desert glossy snake here in California, and Fish and Game says we may keep 2 native snakes, with a fishing license. (Go figure, but it works for me.)

  6. Bryan says:

    Hey, sorry for the delay. Glossy snakes can do quite well in captivity, from what I understand (I’ve never kept one myself). Getting a wild snake to take to frozen/thawed mice really depends on the snake, though a medium sized colubrid like a glossy shouldn’t give much trouble. That is one thing you never have to worry about with gophersnakes!

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