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Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

Crotalus atrox


One of the most dangerous snakes in the southwest, the Western Diamondback is responsible for the majority of snakebite fatalities in northern Mexico. While it may be dangerous, it is a beautiful snake and is necessary for controlling rodent populations. It is easily recognized by its diamond-shaped markings running down its spine.



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43 Comments (1–25)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Wonderful patterns - yes, a very attractive snake.

Dragunov2 5 years ago

Absolutely one of the most gorgeous C.atrox, I've ever seen!


Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 9 years ago

Thank you everyone!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Awesome! Congrats!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Cool spotting, Hunter! Congratulations!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Congratulations for this great series!

Congrats Hunter!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Congratulations Hunter !

KarenL 9 years ago

Congratulations Hunter! This beauty has been chosen as a runner up in the Best of 2012, reptiles category.

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 10 years ago

It was super boldly marked! One of my favorite snakes I've seen. I hope to go back there soon!

AshleyT 10 years ago

That's the prettiest C. atrox I've ever seen! Maybe I should head to Arizona soon because ours here in Texas aren't that pretty :)

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 10 years ago

Thanks everyone!

Louisa 10 years ago

Congratulations! Great series and spotting!

Adam Braz tb2
Adam Braz tb2 10 years ago

Good job nice pic

KarenL 10 years ago

Fantastic spot! Well done Hunter!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wonderful series Congratulations :)

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 10 years ago

Thank you for the comments everyone!! @Cammie this was a wild snake, found while my friends and I were walking a dirt road at night looking for snakes, tarantulas, toads, etc.

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 10 years ago

Gorgeous!! Was this really not captive!?

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Nice one Hunter! Keep on keeping on.

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Congratulations! Keep up the good work and Nat Geo is next! Wonderful snake photos and the rest of your collection also.

zapabio 10 years ago

Great and dangerous pic!!!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 years ago

Congratulations Hunter. Awesome spotting.

AdamBT 10 years ago

Congratulations Hunter!

ceherzog 10 years ago

Well-deserved Congrats!

Arizona, USA

Spotted on Jul 20, 2011
Submitted on Sep 2, 2012

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