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Western Diamondback

Crotalus atrox


Body length: ~1.5 meters Body weight: up to 6.7 kg. Crotalus atrox has a plump body, short tail, and a broad triangular head. Like all Pit Vipers, it has a pit organ, which is situated in an indentation of the upper jaw, between the nostril and eye. The pit is about 5 mm deep, with an outer and inner chamber separated by a thin membrane. The membrane senses very slight temperature differences between the snake's inner and ambient temperatures. The Western Diamond Rattlesnake also has the self-named rattle on the end of the tail. Each link of the rattle is the remnant of a molted skin; as the snake molts, the last scale loosens but does not fall off. As the snake ages, new rattles are formed with each molt, while old rattles simultaneously fall off. This species has long, tubular fangs, which are characteristic of venomous snakes.


This was from a new shot sequence for the day. Wild atrox, not captive in the least!

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33 Comments (1–25)

LisaPowers 7 years ago

Congrats Cody! This spotting is being featured in our PN Fun Fact.:

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago


Cody.conway 8 years ago

The second picture was taken with my iPhone from about a foot away ;) the lens used in the shoot was a 70-200mm f4 from about 6-8' away.

dandoucette 8 years ago

Great pose! Lucky you had another camera on you! Is that the 400mm prime lens?

CostaBoyJack 8 years ago


Cody.conway 8 years ago

haha, got it Env, thanks.

Cody.conway 8 years ago

@Env, it's not bananas ;-) I wore kevlar handling gloves and had all safety equipment within an arms reach for my own and his own protection. most of the shots were done from 6-10 ft in front of the snake while laying on my belly with a gloved hand off camera. But yes, it takes someone being a little bit risky to get some of the shots many enjoy!

Cody.conway 8 years ago

@Larry - I shot this with a 70-200 most of the time. I also used a 100mm macro lens for some of my other work with him. I added a second shot showing when I had to let him have the camera ;-) unfortunately he was not too happy being photographed that morning and bit my flash twice puncturing my diffuser and splashing venom all over my flash set up!

KrantiAzad 8 years ago

superb !!

LarryGraziano 8 years ago

I hope you shot this with a telephoto! Nice capture!

Cody.conway 8 years ago

Again, thanks guys for all the kind words and congrats on SOTD, its been an honor to hold another day!

Phil_S 8 years ago

Awesome shot! Congrats on SOTD!

Lee Williams
Lee Williams 8 years ago

A classic rattlesnake shot. Great picture and great quality.

CodyWilson 8 years ago

Nice shot!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Wow extraordinary shot Congratulations :)

Cody.conway 8 years ago

Thanks everyone! It's nice to see the efforts appreciated by so many!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Stunning! Congrats Cody!


Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Awesome spotting! Congratulations Cody!

Congratulations Cody!

BugGirl 8 years ago

What a great photo! Congratulations!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

Terrific! congrats Cody.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Super shot Cody! Congratulations!

Tom15 8 years ago

Congrats Cody, well deserved!

Cody :-) congrats again,this time on the SOTD,i was the first to comment this beauty,very good work and awesome spotting page,thanks for sharing

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Seadrift, Texas, United States

Spotted on Apr 23, 2013
Submitted on Apr 23, 2013

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