A Baby Southern Pacific Rattler: Original Photos From Lake Silverwood, California

By Gloria Siess, {"Garnetbird"}

This is a juvenile (Baby) Southern Pacific Rattler. It measured about 11" and was very docile.
This is a juvenile (Baby) Southern Pacific Rattler. It measured about 11" and was very docile.
I nearly stepped on it while I was hiking on April 26, 2010.
I nearly stepped on it while I was hiking on April 26, 2010.
It was so still I feared it was dead..but then it wiggled into a very good coil and rattle (For a beginner!)I took this photo;  Jon got too intense and I never got the camera back!
It was so still I feared it was dead..but then it wiggled into a very good coil and rattle (For a beginner!)I took this photo; Jon got too intense and I never got the camera back!
A wild poppy nearby..
A wild poppy nearby..
A lovely purple wildflower in the general vacinity.
A lovely purple wildflower in the general vacinity.
A creek runs through this area, with many deer tracks along the way.
A creek runs through this area, with many deer tracks along the way.
More views of the creek.
More views of the creek.
Can't you almost sense the frogs waiting in this pond?
Can't you almost sense the frogs waiting in this pond?
Courtesy of the Far Side by Gary Larson.
Courtesy of the Far Side by Gary Larson.

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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

Great photos of the little rattler! Love the different coloration of snake species in our own particular areas of the country.


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

Isn't it neat? It was so docile and limp we were afraid it was dead. Finally it coiled and rattled. I'll be posting more photos of the area soon.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Excellent photos and love the flowers as well...great hub

Blessings


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Loved this. Made me want to take a hike. I'll have to do some hiking or travel pictures, there is so much beauty in my own living area. Thanks for this hub. Also, glad you didn't end up with a snake bite.


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

I KNOW!! Jon kept insisting it had rigor mortis. Thank God for female instinct (I knew it was alive and it finally responded to us by attempting to rattle). Too young to have a rattle; probably a few weeks or months old.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Absolutely beautiful! And I love the rattler - how gorgeous. I'm going to bookmark this so I can come back again and also send it to my son who is a great snake lover.


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

Thank you--we were so excited to find this little rattler; we were safety minded, too, however!

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