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I found this somewhere. "The largest documented Western Diamondback from Arizona is 5' 6" in length, with another possible record, not well documented, at 6 feet."

I was hiking with a friend down in Arizona in a remote section of the Superstition Mountains this weekend. We stopped under a group of trees to relax and look at a giant tree trunk. So I walked into this group of trees to get a closer look at it. Somehow, out of the corner of my eye I saw something not normal. As my eyes focused I saw a BIG Western Diamondback rattlesnake around two feet from my foot. Fortunately I can still move VERY Fast!! After we had a big laugh about it and how the next step would be a doozy, I managed to snap some shots. He was a very cooperative model!

The reason I posted the above size reference is because this particular snake was somewhere between 4 1/2 and 5 feet. When it uncoiled it kept getting longer and longer... It's the largest snake I've ever seen. Our rattlesnakes here are only 1 1/2 feet long... It was pretty impressive! My only disappointment was I could not get him to show his fangs...

Thanks for looking!





ckcarr 2013

  NIKON D800E    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    380mm    1/6s    100 ISO    -0.3 EV  





ckcarr 2013

  NIKON D800E    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    400mm    1/500s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  





ckcarr 2013

  NIKON D800E    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    400mm    1/500s    4500 ISO    0.0 EV  





ckcarr 2013

  NIKON D800E    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    175mm    1/200s    4500 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  NIKON D800E    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    360mm    1/400s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  



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May 28, 2013 at 04:02 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Wow. I am having goose bumps seeing the 2nd one! Looks menacing!


May 28, 2013 at 04:07 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


I am glad you didn't see his fangs at close quarters. Really nice details.
Harsha



May 28, 2013 at 04:08 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Really cool encounter and you captured some really nice images here Craig.
1 and 5 are the standouts for me... yeah, that is one big Rattler.
Very nice work.

Kirk



May 28, 2013 at 04:17 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Very cool

-Tim



May 28, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Where's the 800mm when you need it?!

Number 1 is stunning and a definite wall hanger!

On the last photo, do you have any extra room you could add at the bottom of the photo? It seems just a TAD tight there.

Ryan



May 28, 2013 at 04:22 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Great photos with wonderful detail.


May 28, 2013 at 04:58 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Beautiful shots. #1 is incredibly nice--good use of all those pixels.
---John



May 28, 2013 at 05:53 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Great shots! You got me interested so I did some searching about these guys. I saw an old photo from Nelson, Nevada just across the Colorado river from Arizona of a rattler that was measured at 7'1". The largest ever recorded was in west Texas at 7'7". Your snake would raise the hair on any sane person. I love the stare of number 1 - you blinked first, I bet.


May 28, 2013 at 06:06 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


sweet lookin snake Craig


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Love snakes but 2 feet is close and certainly within strike range. I doubt you would have wanted to see its fangs then. Interesting that you don't mention the warning rattle. I have heard many are becoming silent as a defensive adaptation to being found and killed by humans. Super photos!
Thanks for sharing and having quick feet!
Eric



May 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Craig, that was quite the capture you made. Glad you didn't take that extra step. We had a 4 footer on the patio when my wife let her newly acquired King Charles spaniel pup out to go to the bathroom. My gosh, you should have heard her scream! Of course I grabbed my camera first. I really liked #1, #2, and #5. I can see why that large snake hung around that area. They sure are beautiful but also mindful how fragile we are---
Al



May 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


A very nice set Craig. 1 is super ~ Ron


May 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Terrifyingly cool. Super detail in #1. You put the pit in pit viper with that shot. An excellent set resulted from your encounter.


May 28, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Thanks guys!
It was like a catch and release of a giant fish! Of course we didn't hurt it, and it went on it's way eventually. The scary part was how it completely blended into the tall grasses, even just a foot off the road.

It never hissed, never rattled. I think this might explain that part.
BEHAVIOR: "... When a coiled snake is encountered it will often remain motionless, presumably to avoid detection. Failing that it may raise the head into a striking pose, rattle, and slowly retreat toward shelter."
from http://www.reptilesofaz.org/snakes.html

They did name their baseball team after them too!



May 28, 2013 at 03:26 PM
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May 28, 2013 at 04:39 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Hey Craig,

I am glad you didn't step on the guy. You got a nice series of shots there.

Jim



May 28, 2013 at 04:56 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Some of these focal lengths are way too wide for me Craig
I would need 5000mm or longer!
Great shots.
David



May 28, 2013 at 09:08 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Very set of photographs-I really like the detail and scale patterns in #1.


May 28, 2013 at 09:50 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Awesome photos...#1 is wicked cool!


May 28, 2013 at 10:29 PM
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