Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Desert Clouds North of Phoenix

One of the things I’ve learned to do in the years since I’ve paid attention to this blog, is to find dens. There’s a lot to it, but I’ve always been amazed at the diversity of circumstances that the common Western Diamondback Rattlesnake chooses to call home during the cooler months. In higher and rocky areas, there are a lot of options … but in the low Colorado river flats dominated by many cactus and few rocks, opportunities are few. This cholla patch is a good sign, meaning the ‘needle in a haystack’ approach I’ve taken to single out den sites is not far away.


Nearby, this is one of several diamondbacks I’ve been keeping an eye on in the Winter, taking advantage of space between a few rocks to enjoy the relatively warm air temperatures without the direct sun.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

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