Arizona Rattlesnakes

Arizona Rattlesnakes
Mar
11th
2011

First Wild Snake of 2011

It’s not a rattlesnake, but I’m kind of glad … the first snake of the year for me has been a Western Diamondback for the last several years, so at least this is something different AND something new for me. This is a patch-nosed snake, a pretty common sight in the Spring daytime … but never before IN A TREE. Not sure what this little guy was doing up there, but it took some work to get a photo through the branches without disturbing him. I personally really like how this came out against the bright green treebark.

Patchnose!


 

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8 Responses to “First Wild Snake of 2011”

  1. Susan Chapler says:

    Very cool pic. Crazy snake! I haven’t found any snakes yet but plenty of alligator lizards (nice and cold and sluggish and friendly). I’m hoping for snakes, we’ve had ridiculous amounts of rain last winter/spring (N. California coast, ridge, mixed conifer/deciduous). I want snakes! And again, a great pic of that nifty snake 😉 Keep snapping!
    -Suzi

  2. Dave Weber says:

    Hey Brian

    Perhaps he was chasing a lizard and didntrealize he was climbing the tree? Who knows….herps are cool.

    Dave

  3. Crotalus says:

    Lots’a color in that one. The only one I have ever seen was more desert gray & tan, and that was in Goler Canyon in Death Valley N.P.

  4. Michael says:

    Great photo… how many of these guys would you say you find per year? I have yet to find one :\

  5. Bryan says:

    I usually find quite a few, almost always on the way to/from location. I saw another one yesterday afternoon, but didn’t get any photos of it before it got into the brush. Try hiking down dry washes in the warm parts of the day, mid morning and late afternoon, looking at open basking areas raised up a bit off the bottom of the wash.

  6. Crotalus says:

    I’ll give that a try. Think they might be good captives for a classroom, or are they too nervous, and difficult to feed?

  7. Michael says:

    Thanks! I may get a chance to try that out this week. 🙂

  8. Bryan says:

    I don’t think they’d be good for a classroom, to be honest. They’re really bitey and FAST! For a classroom, I don’t think one could beat a good old california kingsnake or gophersnake … pretty, friendly, large enough, and hardy.

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