Red diamondback beauty
During a hike in Weir Canyon a week ago (led by docent-and-storyteller-extraordinaire, Bob Huttar) we were privileged with a great sighting of this red diamondback rattlesnake: Crotalus ruber. Note the cool black-and-white tip just before the rattle (which is blurred in the photo–this snake wanted to make sure we knew he was there; I appreciate your forthright communication style, Mr. Snake).
By chance, the camera also caught his tongue flicking–he was collecting data about us. Since he figured out we were not bite-sized morsels, he was not interested in chasing us down; he just wanted to remind us to stay away. And we did.
One of the people on the hike had never seen a rattlesnake in the wild before. She was definitely impressed . . . and even though I’ve seen a lot of them while out hiking in our local hills, I was impressed, too. I always feel blessed to spot these striking (ha! a pun snuck in) creatures.
Such colors and patterning . . . like a line from a poem.