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Rattlesnake!
While scrambling on the east side of Yosemite Falls in hope of reaching the brink of Lower Yosemite Falls (following the climbers' trail), I came upon a friend: the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake! I was lucky - I almost stepped right on it; since I was by myself off-trail, that would have been trouble. Although not common at this elevation, please be careful when walking around the Yosemite Falls area - the only other snake I've ever seen in the park (California Mountain Kingsnake) was also near the falls, on the way to Upper Yosemite.

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Bill Kishrattlers

Bill Kish

Voted 10/10

I have encountered rattlesnakes on two seperate occasions on the "vegetation-free boulder field" on my way up to Sunnyside Bench. One got my attention by noisely greeting me at almost eye-level as I reached for his big flat-topped boulder! Who can blame them, it is the 'sunnyside' after all..
Posted May 23, 2006 5:56 am

rangermattRe: rattlers

rangermatt

Hasn't voted

Thanks for your vote and comments - it's the highest elevation rattlesnake I've seen so far. Sunnyside is the best side, I guess...
Posted Jul 14, 2006 4:36 am

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rangermattSubmitted by rangermatt
on May 4, 2006 2:49 am

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