Part 2 of the little female finishing her meal. I had the phone on the ground about 6” from her. Towards the end I was getting uncomfortable with how close she was to my hand holding up the phone so I cut it short. Once it’s just a tail left they can certainly strike again and I didn’t want to end the night badly!!
So a few people asked for video of me feeding a wild Diamondback a mouse. I fed 5 animals tonight and this guy really didn’t need it but I had an extra so I gave it to him. The other 4 were much thinner females. This was the only video I could condensed into a minute. The best one was a female that crawled over to me to take the mouse but it’s a longer video.
Pretty incredible how beautiful and perfect rattles like this one on a Banded Rock Rattlesnake (Crotalus lepidus klauberi) can be. I saw this guy a few times over the course of a few weeks and am hoping he’s okay. Apparently poachers have hit some areas hard in the recent months. This species is not legal for take in Southern Arizona where this individual was found. Personally nothing matches being able to see creatures like this in the wild and to me it’s a real shame that some people have a clear lacking of respect for these animals and their habitats. #conservation#arizonaherps#skyislands#screwpoachers#crotalus
I decided to take a hike yesterday and see if I could find old Moe the skinny female Mojave that I was trying to fatten up a bit before winter. No sign of her or the dbacks that usually sit close by but this skinny male was out about a half mile away. I startled him when I walked by and he sat straight up and gave a pretty weak rattle. He’s just about as thin as she was but he’s full of air in this shot. I didn’t have any mice with me this time so I looked around for a wild rodent or larger lizard with no success. The lack of rain has affected some of these guys significantly!!!
After some access issues, HERP.MX's Ricardo Ramírez (@lizardskinn) spotted this female #Crotalus ericsmithi this morning in the humid pine-oak forests of the Sierra Madre del Sur in Guerrero. #herpetology
Red diamond rattlesnake profile. The majority of my photos of this species are pretty boring. Just some big red coils buried in the grass concealed by sticks. In those cases I just snap a voucher photo and move on. Once in a while I’ll find one on the move between spots and usually they notice me first. They are very alert animals and will typically get defensive for a few minutes and then calm down and move on. This give me a brief window to see the other side of these normally mellow snakes and get some somewhat more dramatic pictures. Have a great weekend!!
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As the dust settled #WhatTheFactFriday emerged to form a new, stronger, smarter society.
Fact - Some snakes have venom...no surprise there. But did you know that the same species of snake can have two totally different venoms!?😱 I know! Super crazy.
A few years ago National Geographic reported that the Southern Pacific rattlesnake found here in California can have 2 different venoms when found at 2 different locations. In one location these snakes contain a hemotoxin that destroys blood cells that can cause major bleeding. While the same snake, at a different location, contains a neurotoxin that attacks nerve cells and causes paralysis in the victim.
A lead researcher/scientist from the University of Queensland was quoted as saying, “It’s the most complex variation that I’ve ever seen especially within such a geographically short distance.”
Yay natural selection!
A shout out to @tonyiwane for showing me the article.