I saw this interesting guy in Northern Florida last October. I’ll post more photos of it later, but the dorsal stripe started with this strong rust color, and faded to a flat black. They’re very common snakes in the area, but I didn’t get sick of them in my time in Florida last year.
A big, healthy adult seen out cruising around in the woods in the afternoon.
These guys are very common throughout most of Phoenix mountain ranges, even relatively minor rocky areas. This one lives alongside a trail area and I’ve seen him a couple of times now.
Pygmy rattlesnakes really are small. This is how I saw almost every one of the dozens I was able to find and photograph over 2 trips to Florida in 2016.
The den is broken up, for the most part, into groups of one to two males, each with several females (like this one below) sitting around.
One of the secondary males in this particular group. About once a day he would challenge the big male, but was always quickly chased off without even going into combat. Come on man you can do it
Other areas are all female. These are all decently sized adult snakes, but for some reason are not associated with any males, and are here year after year. Could they be gravid?
This one is pretty big, moving out from one of the main den areas to one of the staging areas quite a distance away. This part of the Spring, when they are starting to leave the den, is when they are most active.
This female got something to eat and was out hoping for some sun … which I don’t believe happened that day. It was cloudy and around 60F all day, so hopefully she found the warmth she needed to digest such a big meal.
Here are 3 snakes of the same species found in Arizona, showing just a tiny amount of the variability possible. Groundsnakes are one of the more common snake species in Arizona, though are not always commonly seen due to their fossorial habits.
These latter 2 are more how they look in the Phoenix area.
When looking for Red Diamond Rattlesnakes, a few of these are always certain to turn up.
Not as common to see right in Phoenix; I love the look of those that we actually do find closer to the city, like this one fro the Peoria area.
One of the harder things to actually get on camera is the metallic green that shows up on many male Banded Rock Rattlesnakes in S.E. Arizona. It doesn’t quite seem to look right on camera, so when one does look like it should, it’s amazing. This one is one of those instances; a mature male found near the Huachuca mountains.