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Speckled Rattlesnake
Panamint Speckled Rattlesnake
spotted in Pine Creek area of Red Rocks, Nevada on April 4, 2007 around 1:30 pm.

Actually he (or she) spotted me first. I did not see the snake,
until I heard it rattle right in front of me.

Rattlesnakes belong to the Viper family and can live up to 25 years. They are named for the rattle found at the tip of their tails that is used as a warning device when threatened.
They use their tongues to smell.
Rattlesnake bite is extremely painful and can be fatal.

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Dow Williamsgood beta..

Dow Williams

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actually, cool photo...
Posted Apr 8, 2007 10:01 pm

Anya JingleRe: good beta..

Anya Jingle

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Thanks ;) I don't really like to stumble upon venomous snakes, but once I'm at safe distance, then I'm glad I can get some shots.
Posted Apr 8, 2007 10:09 pm

Dow WilliamsRe: good beta..

Dow Williams

Voted 10/10

Agreed, I have been faced with bears and rattle snakes in close quarters and am more comfortable with bears.
Posted Apr 8, 2007 10:26 pm

Anya JingleRe: good beta..

Anya Jingle

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Now I'm jealous. I have never seen a bear in the wild.
Posted Apr 8, 2007 10:32 pm

kilimanjaro1How close?

kilimanjaro1

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Just how close were you when you took this? I hope you had a good long lens because I would have been getting out of there pretty quickly!
Posted May 21, 2007 4:01 pm

Anya JingleRe: How close?

Anya Jingle

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Yes, it's a telephoto shot. I was about 5 feet from this snake. Rattlesnakes are not aggresive and will not follow you or try to strike as long as you let them be and give them space. The only problem is that they blend in VERY well and are hard to spot in the first place. Cheers, Anya
Posted May 21, 2007 5:38 pm

lcarreauNice snake shot !

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Woooooops. Now you LEFT me with another QUESTION. How DOES this snake DIFFER from the Mojave Rattlesnake. Have to look it up. Thanks!
Posted Nov 5, 2007 4:56 pm

Anya JingleRe: Nice snake shot !

Anya Jingle

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Mojave Rattlesnakes look greenish. This one's colors were in gray tones. I almost stepped on him!
Posted Nov 5, 2007 5:20 pm

lcarreauGlad you didn't ...

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

The Sierra Club would of had a FIT - You would LOSE your CONNECTION to ANIMAL PLANET. Besides ALL the BAD karma. Cheers! Love your pictures! Take care.
Posted Nov 5, 2007 6:45 pm

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Anya JingleSubmitted by Anya Jingle
on Apr 5, 2007 11:08 pm

Image ID: 282913
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Lat/Lon: 32.84000°N / 113.91°W
Object Title: Speckled Rattlesnake

Image Type(s): Wildlife