Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Diamondback with an Interesting, Minimal Pattern

This Western diamondback is a bit on the simple side, but not atypical of how these guys look in this area between Arizona and New Mexico, or the central clade as I’ve seen it referred to. In this area near the continental divide, the two halves of Western Diamondback squeeze through a relatively narrow band, and some interesting variation in pattern and color happen. This is just one example; in the daytime, this snake will look totally different.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


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