Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Tiger Rattlesnakes

I’ve been lucky enough (or worked at it hard enough) to see quite a few tiger rattlesnakes in the last week. It’s a species I never really knew how to find with any regularity until last year, and now it seems they’re all over the place. Beautiful little snakes. This is one from a locale that is relatively new to me.

Crotalus tigris

Later in the night, I found two more sitting out together.


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4 Responses to “Tiger Rattlesnakes”

  1. JK says:

    Are those mites on the close-up top picture under a few of the scales? I really like the parallel angles of the rattle laying down on the neck. Great shot.

  2. Michael says:

    Man, check out the size of that rattle! It’s larger than his (tiny) head. Gorgeous snakes all around, I love how well-camouflaged they are in that terrain.

  3. Bryan says:

    They can definitely be hard to see until you train the eyes to look for a cinnamin bun sitting out there for no reason! We went out last night and only saw two, but always happy to see even one.

  4. Bryan says:

    They’re ticks! I saw the same snake last night and it looks like the biggest one has fallen off. Despite the parasites, the snake is really healthy. I am sure I’ll see it a lot more in the future.

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