Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes

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Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes
Aug 28, 2012

It was actually a pretty good year for them, but things have slowed a bit with the dry summer. The most that I've seen on one of my hikes is 14 followed by 11. All are the same species in the same county. You can definitely see the variability.

I mainly use a 70-300mm zoom and more recently, the 150mm Sigma macro. They allow me good safe distances.

First of the year was almost patternless:

A typical greenish one:

Juvenile:

A golden brown one:

A chocholate (the poison oak kept me from getting a closer shot)

A little button tail

This little guy was at a sixty degree angle on the rock face:

A brown one. Typical of how I find them.

Hanging out in a crevice:

This golden one was interesting in that it's base segment of the rattle is bright yellow:

Another buttontail:

Lemon yellow:

Smaller adult

This dark one is rattling at me after I chased it off the road:

This golden one was coming out of a rodent hole. I was clued onto it by a loud squirrel:

The last of the year spotted me before I spotted it. It was in the shade just off the trail:

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