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 Post subject: Snake pics Warning
PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:12 pm 
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Yesterday while photographing blooms this fella was in on a Packrat nest and his oh so tiny rattles I could hardly hear when he asked me to leave.
This is the Diamondback and wants nothing to do with humans.
This is the first one I have seen all season and you know how much land I cover.
First a picture why you go slow and know where your feet are landing at all times.
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Note the Cholla spines around its mouth!!!
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After his weak rattle warning this is how you see most Rattlecritters---from the rear.
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AZED

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 Post subject: Re: Snake pics Warning
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:26 am 
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I'm glad you did hear him! Very nice photos. I have yet to come across a rattler here. On the west side of the Cascades, they'd be on rocky, southern slopes. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Snake pics Warning
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:15 pm 
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They are pretty much in the south rocks here also but if there is a population of lunch and dinner around some of them will move in to "manage" the population.
I stay out the rocks if at all possible and usually wear snake leggings but walk in the open and leave the debis piles for them to sleep in. I would have needed to jump in the middle of a Cholla segment covered White-throated Woodrat nest to scare it enoungh to defend itself. They are far more afraid of us than we should be of them.
I doubt if I see 4 per season usually but perhaps more than that have seen me and kept to themselves.
I'm glad they are here and do their job. Now if they would only learn how to cross the hiway without getting tire marks. :roll:
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AZED

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