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Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes
Apr
25th
2011

Following A Diamondback


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4 Responses to “Following A Diamondback”

  1. feralchick says:

    Wonderful post. And I love that last photo–she looks so cozy! (Around here, I never to get see a snake rest after it’s been on the move. Too many other things going on.)

    What clues did you use to determine that this one was female?

  2. Bryan says:

    Can’t really see it in the picture, but she has a little snub tail and distinct change in taper just after the cloaca, both signs of a female. Males store their genitals in the tail and it makes the taper more gradual, or even get thicker again before the rattle.

  3. feralchick says:

    Thanks, Bryan! So in your later post, would the snakes in the second and third photos both be females?

  4. Bryan says:

    If you mean the one with the mojave and the diamondback right after this post, I think the mojave is a female, but the diamondback is a male with a poor camera angle 🙂

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