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.