Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Extremely Dark Mojave

This is an older photo, from one of my first trips to the extreme South Eastern part of Arizona. We found this very dark Mojave rattlesnake … dark enough in fact that I really had no idea what it was, and wasn’t experienced enough to not rule out that something I wasn’t aware of had crossed the Mexican border, which sat maybe a mile to the South. It’s a silly thought now, but it was pretty exciting at the time. Regardless, it’s still one of the coolest mojave’s I’ve seen.

Mojave Rattlesnake

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5 Responses to “Extremely Dark Mojave”

  1. Crotalus says:

    If it wasn’t for the “coontail” and its narrow black bands, I might not have guessed it was a Mojave, either. That is really dark for that species.

  2. Alberto Vaona says:

    Good photos
    and also cool kind of species of MOjave
    Crotalus scutulatus salvini Humantlan rattlesnake
    Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus Mojave rattlesnake

    my favorite is the green mojave

  3. I’m a snake man/relocater in San felipe, Baja, I have never seen a mojave in Baja, How close to the border were you when you found the “dark” mojave ? or if you can give me town or better yet a GPS coordinant. Your photo is truely a beautiful speciman. GEO

  4. Bryan says:

    I had to lighten it up a good amount to get it to show! In person, this thing looked almost black.

  5. Bryan says:

    This was in Eastern Arizona, a long distance from your location. What species do you relocate most often in San Felipe?

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