Crotalus horridus (Canebrake Rattlesnake)
East Louisiana - Summer 2014
Affectionately called "Diva," this canebrake rattlesnake is one of the most attractive canebrakes I have seen in this area.
This time last year, we found her just after she had dumped babies. She was basking on a pile of deadfall about 30yards from this spot.
Armin has seen her quite a few times over the past couple of years, and I hope to have the luxury of seeing her here again.
Today, she was coiled in ambush in the open by a large oak. While photographing her, she never made a move more than a couple of tongue flicks.
Later that afternoon, we experienced a heavy rain storm for about 45min, followed by drizzling rain as we slogged through the rest of the property. As we approached camp, we walked by the spot where we found her, and much to our surprised she was still sitting there, coiled in ambush despite the violent storm.