|Photos by Peggy Wenrick 9/18/2012|
Walking on the road (near the elementary program area by the dam), we (Jack, 2 Bobs, Peggy, Patricia, Walt, Gretchen, and I) came upon this Western Diamondback, likely 'born' this summer. (Female rattlesnakes keep the fertilized eggs in their body until the young are ready; thus, they give 'birth' to live young.) The end of Jack's hiking pole is in the top two photos for scale. The snake didn't like us so much, was rattling up a silent storm, so we moved on. What a cutie!