Crotalus ruber — Red Diamond Rattlesnake
These are the first two Red Diamond Rattlesnakes that I've seen, both (obviously) found on the road at night. They weren't in a hurry to get off the road, but they also didn't have any desire to coil up in nice rattlesnake poses.
These were two of the three rattlesnakes that herpers Jeff Lemm and Steve Steward spotted while I was trailing them for an hour or so. The third was a Southern Pacific Rattlesnake.
This, my third Crotalus ruber, was a youngster. Like the two I had seen earlier, it had no interest in coiling up in a nice rattlesnake pose; it just wanted to leave.
And one more the next night, which also had no interest in posing nicely.
Before heading to Baja California for a few days with Lorrie Smith, Matt Cage and I spent an evening road cruising around the Anza-Borrego area. This young rattlesnake was our first serpent of the evening. Like all the other Red Diamond Rattlesnakes I've seen, it did not want to coil up nicely for photographs. After ten minutes or so of trying to get it to stop moving we gave up in order to see what else we could find.
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