Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Bright Eyes, Black Tails

In the last post I mentioned some of the atypical looks of snakes found near a lone volcanic outcrop near Phoenix. Here’s one example; a blacktailed rattlesnake without any hint of the black mask and eye caps more typically associated with the species. It’s not uncommon in the desert phase for this to be faded, but I have seen even highly contrasted young blacktails sport this look on this hillside. Pretty cool eyes, if you ask me, even if it’s just because I don’t usually see them this clearly.

Blacktailed rattlesnake

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