Monday, October 8, 2007

Probably the last rattler of the season


This beauty and another one just like it were in the trail as I hiked back to my car on Wednesday. Blacktail rattlesnake. The other one kept advancing toward me (very unsettling and very un-rattlesnake-like behavior). I couldn't get around it and we did this little dance for 15 minutes before it finally retreated very unhurridly. Now it's cooling off so they're probably thinking about burrows.

5 comments:

Sparkling Squirrel said...

Way cool.

Jennifer said...

What a pretty snake. I think the black-tails were the kind we saw in New Mexico. They were usually pretty calm.

Jenny said...

Whoa. Do you have a zoom lens on your camera?

Tucson Trekker said...

Yes! I wasn't nearly as close as it looks!

Sally's sister said...

Sally killed a garter snake this week. Bad dog - I saw it, but thought it was safely under the porch - then a couple minutes later it was dead. I'll start putting them in the neighbors yard when I see them.