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Look again!

I nearly stepped on this guy who was basking on the edge of a hiking trail in the Santa Monica mountains. He was a very tiny Western Diamondback, and could have fit in the palm of my hand. Baby rattlers however, are just as dangerous if not more dangerous than adults because they don't hold back on their venom. We were very lucky to spot this guy and get a few shots in before we went on our way and left him to sunbathe.

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Taken on February 5, 2008