Hidden Beauty: Crotalus viridis

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Western, or Prairie, Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) coiled up in a footprint we left earlier in the day.  Image credit: Curious Sengi.

 

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This particular individual was a youngster, about 1 ft (approx. 30.5 cm) long. Adults typically grow to around 3 ft (approx. 91.5 cm).  C. viridis is one of the most common rattlesnakes of the American Southwest. Image credit: Curious Sengi.

 

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Like most venomous snakes, rattlers rarely bite without extreme provocation. This little fellow clearly had enough of the photography and decided to head into the brush, rattling its tail with no particular urgency and no particular agenda except to maintain good form. Image credit: Curious Sengi.

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