Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Baby Diamondback Release

Here’s a little, baby Western Diamondback Rattlesnake that we released to a new home, captured by my rattlesnake relocation service. He’s just a little guy, but as you can see, he knows how to take care of himself.

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4 Responses to “Baby Diamondback Release”

  1. marianne says:

    I know they pack a punch too but they are SO cute!

  2. Crotalus says:

    He’s a beauty. Looks just as colorful as the (DOR, sadly) Diamondback I saw the other night. I saved the skin because it was so pretty, and the 2 segment rattle was still intact.

    I found it road cruising after I let the Gopher Snake go. (I never saw a Gopher Snake react in fear to a mouse, but this one did. As a result, I couldn’t keep it, so I let it go where I caught it.) Anyway, I saw seven more snakes, five DOR, and two still healthy. There was the aforementioned Diamondback, two Speckled Rattlers, two Sidewinders, a Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake, and a Cal King. Only one Speckled and one Sidewinder was alive. A productive night, but a sad one for all the dead ones.

  3. Edie Howe says:

    You chose a good spot to release him–he blends in very well. Great shot, too, nice vignetting around the edges!

  4. Bryan says:

    Ya, it always is sad to see the dead ones, especially (to me) the big old snakes that have lived a hell of a life, and that’s how they end up.

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