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 Williams

Dow Williams - Apr 8, 2007 10:01 pm - Voted 10/10

good beta..

actually, cool photo...

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Apr 8, 2007 10:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: good beta..

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.

Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Apr 8, 2007 10:26 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: good beta..

Agreed, I have been faced with bears and rattle snakes in close quarters and am more comfortable with bears.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Apr 8, 2007 10:32 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: good beta..

Now I'm jealous. I have never seen a bear in the wild.

kilimanjaro1

kilimanjaro1 - May 21, 2007 4:01 pm - Hasn't voted

How close?

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!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - May 21, 2007 5:38 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: How close?

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

lcarreau

lcarreau - Nov 5, 2007 4:56 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice snake shot !

Woooooops. Now you LEFT me with another QUESTION. How DOES this snake DIFFER from the Mojave Rattlesnake. Have to look it up. Thanks!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Nov 5, 2007 5:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice snake shot !

Mojave Rattlesnakes look greenish. This one's colors were in gray tones. I almost stepped on him!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Nov 5, 2007 6:45 pm - Voted 10/10

Glad you didn't ...

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.

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