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DANGER!

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:06 am
by Ceropegia
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

Re: DANGER!

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:37 pm
by Charles Haacker
WOW! To see one out in the open like that! It's easy to see why they are marked as they are since this one might be hard to spot against the ground unless moving. They are magnificent animals important to their ecosystems.

Years ago we were on an instructor-led geology hike in northern California. Matt was along, preteenish, and our leader stopped for a moment to point out a rock ledge at about eye level some six feet away. We looked, and umm, yeah? So rock ledge. He said, look closer but be careful and don't get too close. So we did and finally spotted a young rattler, maybe a foot long, tucked into the ledge, uncoiled (so less dangerous since they cannot strike from an uncoiled position), and eyeing us back. The simple fact is we would never have seen her if our leader had not spotted her. He was a dear man, a professional geologist born and raised in Wyoming. He had highly developed his skill at spotting rattlers since they are an accepted hazard of the profession. We stared at her and she stared back, probably raising her heart rate, but so long as she held absolutely still we would never have seen her. Humans are far more dangerous to them than they are to us. :)

Re: DANGER!

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:18 pm
by davechinn
Ceropegia wrote:Western Diamondback Rattlesnake - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona


You have captured the Diamondback Rattlesnake very well, and I only hope you were not too close, as the image appears. I have never seen a rattlesnake out in the open. Although, a couple of years ago, I was in Tucson and while there went to one of the national park/forest in the area to capture some images of the Saguaro's, which was something else I hadn't seen. As I was taking my shots, the thought of coming upon a rattlesnake did come to mind, but all was safe for me. Thanks for posting/sharing this image.
Dave

Re: DANGER!

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:46 am
by Matt Quinn
Ceropegia wrote:Western Diamondback Rattlesnake - Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona


I hope you shot from a Land Rover. Matt

Re: DANGER!

Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:36 am
by St3v3M
She's beautiful and looks to be getting some sun. Thank you for sharing this! S-