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Photo © Dan Leavitt, all rights reserved
Mescalero Monahans Shinnery Sands (Google, OSM)
32.8543549684, -103.7686157227
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Description

About to shed

Jan. 10, 2012 14:15:12 -0600
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Posted by danjleavitt over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Posted by loarie over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Posted by awebster over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Black bands on the tail.

Posted by awebster over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Hey Scott, awebster is right on. The locals call western d-backs "coontails" for the white and black bands. Massasaugas are smaller and have different head scale patterns and the prairie rattlesnakes have a black tail and are generally smaller. I'll post some obs of them too here when I can.

Posted by danjleavitt over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Should have looked before responding... black tailed rattlesnakes are at higher elevations in that region. The guadaloupe, sacramento, and capitan mountains would be the closest. They too have a black tail but are very large bodied snakes.

Posted by danjleavitt over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Identification Summary

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
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