5' gravid female
Hit on the road but still active, moved off to the side and crawled off
82 degrees, barometer 29.79 and falling
Alive on road
83 degrees, barometer 29.79 and falling
This little snake was being moved from the upper trails to at a county park to a location farther from the main trails
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox), Rinconada Canyon, Petroglyph National Monument, Bernalillo County, New Mexico - 14 May 2011. This image shows the infrared-sensing loreal pit that gives rise to the name "pit viper", I believe...
Crotalus atrox is a venomous pitviper species found in the United States and Mexico. It is likely responsible for the majority of snakebite fatalities in northern Mexico and the second greatest number in the USA after C. adamanteus. No subspecies are currently recognized.