Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

Baby Rattlesnakes

I went for a slow ride tonight with my friend John, to see if maybe, after al the rain and cool weather, we might actually be blessed with finding a snake or two tonight, considering it was the first 85+ day we’ve seen in a while.  We were not disappointed…

We headed to one of my favorite roads, where I have found countless Panamint Rattlesnakes in the last couple of years, and sure enough…just like old faithful…we were blessed with a couple of VERY young neonates.  So…here they are!

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Look at the food bulge in this guy’s belly!  He was laying in the middle of the road trying to digest what was obviously a HUGE meal for this little one.  So, after moving him off the road and snapping a few pics…we let him on his way, off into a bush to finish digesting.  About 15 minutes later, we found this guy:

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He was MUCH feistier, biting my hook several times, and taking a couple half-hearted strikes at my feet.  But he coiled up nicely at the base of this bush for a photograph, and we left him alone.

And of course…this road would not be compelte without seeing several scorpions.  This is a good-size Desert Hairy Scorpion:

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These things actually give me the heebie-jeebies, but they sure are a neat sight to see walking across the road…

Thanks for looking!

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