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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Cortalus atrox)

Snapped a few pictures of the snake that I was relocating out of a new housing development area. Released it for a bit in my backyard and the grass was still wet from the rain earlier so the snake looks darker wet. Backed up to the fence and took a stand. On the ground with the camera lens about 24 inches from the snake. Pictures not so great because I didn't spend a lot of time looking through the view finder! Was hoping for a strike at the lens but never happend while lying still and snapping pictures.

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Taken on May 6, 2007