Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Another blue speckled rattlesnake, out on the move

In the Spring, specks in this part of the mountain maintain a pretty regular pattern of emerging in the Morning on the West side of rocks, moving to the East-facing side (either across the bajada or just moving around to the other side), hiding during the day, then wandering back as the shadows get long. Eventually, they will move out along bajada ridges to hunt near the top of minor drainages, and continue to move laterally in this way until the beginning of the foresummer, where they retreat to other areas within the mountain to eat and aestivate. This is one of the males that I spent a few days following around while working out this pattern.

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