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Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)

Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)


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We fear that which we do not know or understand. And in the fear, we lose the chance to witness so much of the beauty that surrounds us. In the wilderness, I chose knowledge, understanding, and compassion over fear.

We are blessed with many beautiful species of snakes in the southern Arizona high desert. Many fear them, reacting to their presence in hysteria instead of cautious calm. The truth is that most snake's people encounter will be intricately beautiful, won't have poison venom, and need only to be given the space and respect they deserve to be viewed safely.

The Black-tailed rattler pictured here, like all rattlesnakes, is a pit viper that does sport a toxic venom. But here again, given the proper space and respect, one can view their beauty and admire their grace in safety. This rattler is one of the most docile, with bites fairly rare. Their primary source of food is rodents, which if you look closely, this one just enjoyed. In my book that makes them a good snake to have around. If one does happen to stray to close to your house, there is no call to exterminate it. Find a qualified handler to remove it to a safe place. If you are lucky, it will have taken a rodent with it.

I am blessed to witness, share, and write about all of His creation. I remain His scribe.

Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)
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Shoot date: July 31, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/5.6 Bias:0 EV
Lens: EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM
ISO: 2000