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Prairie Rattlesnake

Crotalus viridis viridis


Female Prairie Rattlesnake encountered post-basking near railroad tracks. She was in transit when I came upon her, and put on an excellent show!


Semi-arid grasslands, shrublands, plains, dry sandy soil, predominant vegetation: prairie grasses, banana yucca, juniper, sagebrush

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HeidiEaton 8 years ago

Beautiful photos of a gorgeous snake!

LisaPowers 8 years ago

Hi wrathraptor. welcome to Project Noah. I am always happy to find new herpers on here. This is a fantastic spotting.

Please be sure to add this to the Snakes of the United States – CSC mission to help with their citizen science project!


Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

WOW! Crazy awesome spot! #1 makes it look like it has 4 eyes.

KarenL 9 years ago


CoralAvery 9 years ago

Love the pose! Amazing you captured it!

Heyokah 9 years ago

Oh wow!!

AnnvanWijgerden 9 years ago

A-MAZING shots!

Kevin Kavi
Kevin Kavi 9 years ago

a dream shot!!!!!

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

Wrathraptor - I think a good Nikkor zoom would be cheaper and more survivable than a snake bite from a snake who got jumpy. :-P

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

I think both are deadly. Who gets their bite is half dead due to fear...and shock..!!

wrathraptor 9 years ago

@ Weirdoz: In most cases, the cobra is deadlier. But it really depends on the rattlesnake. There is one species that can drop a grown man in less than 15-20 minutes!

wrathraptor 9 years ago

@ Ashish: Actually, it is more of a defensive pose, just letting me know that she means business if I get too close.

wrathraptor 9 years ago

@ Heather: I get really close to these snakes. I only have a fixed lens on my Nikon L100. I've been doing research on the venom of these snakes for a little more than a year now. So, I've learned where the "safe zone" ends. :D

weirdoz_ta75 9 years ago

which more poisonous, a rattle snake or a cobra?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Its looks alike in attacking pose..!!

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

I hope you had a long zoom on that camera at the time!

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Keenesburg, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2011
Submitted on Jun 11, 2011

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