Slow to move off the trails, these guys are the stuff of old Westerns.....this one is angry because I would not leave him alone.... I wanted him coiled for the pose. Telephoto lenses and hiking sticks serve a purpose.
103 - composite of Rattlesnake and field. Photos taken separately and merged. Rattlesnake was on the fire road at Del Valle. Background hill at Del Valle taken on a different day and the photos merged. Created for the Leslie Wine Label "Rattlesnake Red". :)
Pacific Western Rattlesnake. My dog, Jazz, was bit on the nose by one of these. She came home from overnight ER with a big swollen neck and a red bandana. I'm a believer that Jazz's $15 rattlesnake vaccine bought her enough time to hike out and lessen the severity of her reaction.
Prevalent in our area, they are most frequently seen in spring.... April - June, sunning themselves on the fire road. Later, during the heat of summer, they retreat to shaded, cooler areas and are more likely seen in early morning, early evening.
After Jazz got bit, I read a lot about rattlesnakes. They will generally stay in the same area year after year, provided food and water supply remains stable. So there are a few spots on the trail where we look for them year after year.
Sometimes, they are difficult to see...Jazz once got bit by digging a squirrel hole, and instead of a squirrel, a snake lived there. Surprise surprise.... fang marks on her nose. We hiked out, and 24 hours and $2100 later, she came home from emergency care.