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Mohave Rattler ~ Deadly Patience by Kimberly Chadwick

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Last years first Mohave Rattlesnake sighting in my yard. He was about 18inches long.

Marana, Az
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Mohave Rattlesnake

A large green, gray or tan rattlesnake with a series of brown diamond shaped or roughly rectangular blotches (usually ringed in a black and then again in light cream). "Salt and pepper flecking absent. Black bands are usually narrower than white bands on tail.

Most abundant in semi-desert grassland, Sonoran, Mohave, and Chihuahuan Desertscrub. Open grasslands often supports high densities of this primary nocturnal snake.

Feeding mostly on small animals but also will eat birds, lizards, frogs and toads. Younger snakes will eat primarily lizards. Mates in Spring and again during the monsoon. Gives “live” birth to 2-17 young during monsoon.

FEATURED in the Arizona group December 2009

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • Brandie1
    Brandie1over 5 years ago

    Great shot.
    How close did you get, to get this shot

  • Thank you Brandie. I was about 4 feet from him. not the best idea when dealing with rattlers, but hey what can I say!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1over 5 years ago

    You are a brave woman.
    I only take photos of snakes when they are one side of thick glass
    & I the hero the othere side.

  • gingy
    gingyabout 5 years ago

    very camaflaged. i woulld not want to step in this buddy’s path!. mary

  • Neither would I , however it was my oldest daughter who walked in his path before coming to fetch me. Took a few shots than relocated him a few miles down the road. Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AsEyeSee
    AsEyeSeeabout 5 years ago

    I would like to personally invite you to submit this image into the RB group, Arizona ’s current Challenge, Wintery Wildlife, as I believe it fits the Challenge criteria perfectly!

    Your Arizona Group host,

  • I am honored you think so. I will do so , thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • RandySpencer
    RandySpenceralmost 5 years ago

    I know your brave, but don’t get too close, . . . . . K ?

  • Well I try not to, however with kids and dogs in the yard, I remove them and take them down the road to release them~ ☺ Thanks Randall!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Chris Morrison
    Chris Morrisonover 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot! These guys live in my area, too, but I have never seen one in the wild. I have seen several, including 1 of only 6 albinos, in captivity, but what a treat it must be to see one in the wild! Gorgeous!

  • Thank you Chris for visiting! it is a treat and an amazement to watch them (at a safe distance). Though I have caught and released about half a dozen over the years, I have since stopped that due to my dogs and babies…………I have a huge appreciation for these reptiles as well as others. Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • wayne51
    wayne51about 4 years ago

    Magnificent capture. Belnds in well doesn’t. how venomous are they. Wayne

  • They are one of the more poisonous rattlers here. Beautiful really! Thank you Wayne~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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