Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Know your snake tails

All photos by Ned Harris, 8/20/2012. Yes, it was a(nother) banner day in the canyon!

Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

Tail of the above. 

Black-tailed Rattlesnake looking rather well fed!

Well-fed tail, too. 

Alas, it's a myth that rattles can be counted to determine age. The end of the rattle can fall off when the snake sheds; in other words: an old snake can have a short rattle.

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