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Prairie Rattlesnake -- west Texas | by TomSpinker
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Prairie Rattlesnake -- west Texas

Praire Rattlesnake

Crotalus viridis

west Texas near Van Horn

On the road at 8:40pm on 27 Sept 2007.

I found the snake in the middle of the road. After carrying it to the shoulder with my monopod I took this photo before it disappeared into the grass.


This is the first and only Prairie Rattlesnake which I have encountered. Actually while I was photographing it, I assumed it was a W D Rattlesnake. It wasn't until I was reviewing my images that I noticed that the two white lines on the side of the head were not parallel and that there were no black and white bands on the tail.


I'll update this (in Nov 2009) to add that this is the most common rattlesnake in the Texas Panhandle. In 2008 and 2009 I made trips to the Panhandle where I saw and photographed several Prairie Rattlesnakes.


Another photo of same snake


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Taken on September 27, 2007