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| p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · BIG Arizona Western Diamondback Rattlesnake |
This showed up in my search feed today, so I thought I'd come comment and offer to answer any questions about the snake. I am a researcher and educator from Phoenix and I specialize in rattlesnakes.
Great photographs and story. Your experience is actually a fairly typical experience with a very peaceful and misunderstood creature.
A 5' diamondback is truly a rare event in our state. Out of the hundreds that I see each year, perhaps 3 or 4 get into the 4' range. I have seen 3 rattlesnakes, ever, that have been over 5'. It is a definite oddity. That is a pretty colorful one, as well, and it is great to see one so healthy after the rough year they had last year.
Please let me know if you have any questions about them. Thanks again for sharing the photos.