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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) near the Robledo Range by Radium Springs, New Mexico. The Western Diamondback is the largest western rattlesnake and is considered one of the most dangerous. As seen in this picture, they will usually stand their ground when threatened. Photo taken 6/8/07.

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Anya JingleOutstanding!

Anya Jingle

Voted 10/10

You have captured it all: the menacing striking pose, the rattle and the tongue action.
Fantastic picture!
Posted Jun 9, 2007 12:12 am

rayrayRe: Outstanding!

rayray

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Thank you! What I didn't capture though was a picture of me when I stumbled upon the snake. When I heard the rattling, I stopped in my tracks and started looking around. Didn't see him at first and when I finally did, I was a little too close for comfort. I slowly backed away, snapped a few pics, then moved on.
Posted Jun 9, 2007 12:20 am

Anya JingleRe: Outstanding!

Anya Jingle

Voted 10/10

I know the feeling. I can't help but scream when I stumble upon one, even though I promise myself I won't do it next time. It doesn't phase them at all though and they always stick around for a while.
Posted Jun 9, 2007 2:20 am

BobSmithDAWK!

BobSmith

Voted 10/10

What a critter! Great shot!

I've encountered a lot of rattlers on my hikes here the south, but they've been pretty timid, most of them, and I've never seen one in strike pose.
Posted Jun 10, 2007 10:50 am

rayrayRe: DAWK!

rayray

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Thanks for your comments and vote! This guy got my attention real quick and he was not about to back down.
Posted Jun 10, 2007 12:26 pm

hikeman76Outstanding

hikeman76

Voted 10/10

What a great shot!
Posted Jun 24, 2007 8:12 pm

rayrayRe: Outstanding

rayray

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Thanks for checking it out! That bad boy was almost too close for comfort!
Posted Jun 26, 2007 12:25 am

Ice Man Jerry VanI know the feeling

Ice Man Jerry Van

Voted 10/10

I know the feeling of stumbling apon those critters . I was climbing Pulpit Rock outside of Green River Wyoming one time in the 70's just off of I 80 .Just lead the first pitch of the climb came up on a ledge looking a rattle snake coiled up getting ready to strike all I could do is push myself off of the ledge and yell falling to my partner fell 20 feet. Then had to find another way to the top.Looking and being very carful the rest of the way to the top. An awesome picture you took . Good Luck in the future hikes, we are not alone out there.See Ya The Ice Man Jerry
Posted Jul 6, 2007 8:54 pm

rayrayRe: I know the feeling

rayray

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Thanks a bunch Ice Man!! I'm glad my encounter didn't involve a 20' fall. I'm sure we'll run into these guys again in the future!
Posted Jul 8, 2007 8:43 pm

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rayraySubmitted by rayray
on Jun 8, 2007 11:52 pm

Image ID: 299858
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Lat/Lon: 32.44709°N / 106.97468°W
Object Title: Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Image Type(s): Wildlife