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I've posted this big guy in the past, but I'm sure all of you could understand why this snake gets a second go around. This lutosus has to be one of my favorite crotes I've ever layed my eyes on! @wjmartineau had been walking for a good while seeing all sorts of cool critters, then right before the day ended I walked upon this beast!
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I've posted this big guy in the past, but I'm sure all of you could understand why this snake gets a second go around. This lutosus has to be one of my favorite crotes I've ever layed my eyes on! @wjmartineau had been walking for a good while seeing all sorts of cool critters, then right before the day ended I walked upon this beast! • • • #lutosus  #rattlesnake  #crotalus  #crotaluslutosus  #nature  #wildlife  #photography  #photos  #camera  #lens  #rattle  #herping  #herps  #snakes  #lizards  #turtles  #frogs  #critters  #greatbasinrattlesnake 
Back when I used to do relocation work. Really want to get back into that! #greatbasinrattlesnake #rattlesnakelady #relocation #nuisancewildlife #sorryfortheshittyquality #2013
Baby Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) trying to be sneaky!
Baby Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) trying to be sneaky!
Great Basin Rattlesnake - Mono County, CA
Great Basin Rattlesnake - Mono County, CA
So...I tried to pet a rattlesnake the other day. Not on purpose of course. It’s like I was looking too hard for them, so when I put my hand on the rock this guy was under...I was thankful he wanted nothing to do with me. I heard him before I saw him moving away from me and was thrilled that was the direction he was going. 
Here is what is funny about fear. I’ve come across grizzly and baby moose on trails. I slipped down a trail in Yellowstone that wouldn’t have ended well had Cody not grabbed me...and I recovered fairly quickly.

This? I knew I was fine logically. But my body? That jolt of adrenaline with fear...it took me a good 45 minutes to get over. I had a hard time making my feet scramble over the rocks. I had a hard time breathing and kept getting nauseated. Even though I thought the snake was beautiful and even enjoyed listening to him.....my sister kept telling me....let’s just slow down and you need to breath in and out. In and out.  I’ve never had a reaction like this and I didn’t like it! 
Anyways, I share that because while everything obviously went well....the power of our bodies natural responses amazes me. 
Just a friendly reminder to watch out for snakes and be careful at there. 
#utahspots #utahwildlife #wildlifeofutah #rattlesnakesofinstagram #greatbasinrattlesnake #ithink #snakesofutah #hebbiejeebies #hikeutah #seeutah #exploreutah #experienceutah #xputah #utahgram #scenicutah #utahillustrated #willardutah #willardpeak #boxeldercounty
So...I tried to pet a rattlesnake the other day. Not on purpose of course. It’s like I was looking too hard for them, so when I put my hand on the rock this guy was under...I was thankful he wanted nothing to do with me. I heard him before I saw him moving away from me and was thrilled that was the direction he was going. Here is what is funny about fear. I’ve come across grizzly and baby moose on trails. I slipped down a trail in Yellowstone that wouldn’t have ended well had Cody not grabbed me...and I recovered fairly quickly. This? I knew I was fine logically. But my body? That jolt of adrenaline with fear...it took me a good 45 minutes to get over. I had a hard time making my feet scramble over the rocks. I had a hard time breathing and kept getting nauseated. Even though I thought the snake was beautiful and even enjoyed listening to him.....my sister kept telling me....let’s just slow down and you need to breath in and out. In and out. I’ve never had a reaction like this and I didn’t like it! Anyways, I share that because while everything obviously went well....the power of our bodies natural responses amazes me. Just a friendly reminder to watch out for snakes and be careful at there. #utahspots  #utahwildlife  #wildlifeofutah  #rattlesnakesofinstagram  #greatbasinrattlesnake  #ithink  #snakesofutah  #hebbiejeebies  #hikeutah  #seeutah  #exploreutah  #experienceutah  #xputah  #utahgram  #scenicutah  #utahillustrated  #willardutah  #willardpeak  #boxeldercounty 
I recently help guide a local herpetology class on a field trip in the Reserve. We found lots of tortoises, lizards and a few other snakes, but this beauty all coiled up next to a large boulder was the star of the show. She was admired by all the students without so much as moving a muscle or rattling even once. #Crotaluslutosus #fieldherping #GreatBasinRattlesnake #insitu #naturephotography #Rattlesnake #RedCliffsDesertReserve #Utah #wildlifephotography
Highlights from Red Cliffs conservation area. Desert tortoises and a Great Basin rattlesnake 😍 #deserttortoise #greatbasinrattlesnake #leedsutah #herping #redcliffs #tortoise #rattlesnake
Throwback to my lifer Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) From Mono County, California. Walked up after a midday rain/hail storm had passed. 
#beautiful #instagood #crotalus #crotaluslutosus #greatbasindesert #greatbasinrattlesnake #monocounty #california #wildlife #macro #travel #follow4follow #nofilter #conservation #range #visualart #travelholic #easterncalifornia #rattlesnake #venomous #tamron90mm #tamron #desert #love #animalsofinstagram #respect #misunderstood #knowledge #solotravel
Throwback to my lifer Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) From Mono County, California. Walked up after a midday rain/hail storm had passed. #beautiful  #instagood  #crotalus  #crotaluslutosus  #greatbasindesert  #greatbasinrattlesnake  #monocounty  #california  #wildlife  #macro  #travel  #follow4follow  #nofilter  #conservation  #range  #visualart  #travelholic  #easterncalifornia  #rattlesnake  #venomous  #tamron90mm  #tamron  #desert  #love  #animalsofinstagram  #respect  #misunderstood  #knowledge  #solotravel 
Almost stepped on this Great Basin Rattlesnake on our women’s hike this morning. He was warming up. A minute after we left to continue in this rocky area we almost stepped on a second one!  That’s when we decided to carefully come down from the rocky hill.  Second photo is of me taking photos of the first snake...in lower right corner. #greatbasinrattlesnake #stgeorgeutah #pickleballtrail #snake #snakesofinstagram #desertliving #kayentautah #ladiestuesdayhikers
This is the snake in the previous photo the day I found him in 2006. I think the only thing he was missing was the button/prebutton for a complete rattle. Based on his size and at least 9 segments I guessed him to be about 6-7 at the time making him 18-19 years old now.
This is the snake in the previous photo the day I found him in 2006. I think the only thing he was missing was the button/prebutton for a complete rattle. Based on his size and at least 9 segments I guessed him to be about 6-7 at the time making him 18-19 years old now.
Just about ran right across this big #greatbasinrattlesnake and found a super old #deserttortoise. #trailrunning from #home
His rattle didn't seem to work since I almost stepped on him. He moved pretty quick out of the way and so did I. .
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#rattlesnake #greatbasin #utah #utahdesert #hikingutah #greatbasinrattlesnake
It’s a baby Great Basin 😑😒 #greatbasinrattlesnake #tinylittleguy #dammit #bitchplayedme I thought it was a prairie.
Those beady little eyes are my absolute favorite! And apparently it’s mating season for tarantulas (they are EVERYWHERE)... told you guys that one wanted my number, I was right on, he was just shootin’ his shot 😅 #greatbasinrattlesnake #venomus #fanggang #rattlesnakelady #tarantulas #matingseason #hewantedmesobad
Walked right into a Great Basin rattlesnake on my way to the lava tubes last night.
#photography #snake #rattlesnake #reptile #reptiles #desert #nature #greatbasinrattlesnake #utah #wildlife #cave #travel #adventure
A large #cryptic Great Basin Rattlesnake is just minding it's own business, coiled up inside the base of a sagebrush bush. The tips of its forked tongue are visible along with its left eye and a heat-sensing pit. Dont mess with them and they won't mess with you.
A large #cryptic  Great Basin Rattlesnake is just minding it's own business, coiled up inside the base of a sagebrush bush. The tips of its forked tongue are visible along with its left eye and a heat-sensing pit. Dont mess with them and they won't mess with you.
Gettin in tune with this little fella tonight. 3rd pass jeez! These guys are hiding this year! Glad we found 1 though. #greatbasin #greatbasinrattlesnake #rattlesnake  #crotalus #crotaluslutosus #viper #lutosus #crote #snake #snakesofinstagram #reptile #reptilesofinstagram
A fortuitous stop in the middle of a sagebrush flat to look for sagebrush sparrows resulted in finding this Great Basin Rattlesnake on the left side of my truck and a lifer Long-nosed Leopard Lizard on the other side of the truck. I captured this in situ image from inside my truck as the snake was soaking up morning sun after a night of thunderstorms. Right time. Right place. Utah County, Utah, USA.
A fortuitous stop in the middle of a sagebrush flat to look for sagebrush sparrows resulted in finding this Great Basin Rattlesnake on the left side of my truck and a lifer Long-nosed Leopard Lizard on the other side of the truck. I captured this in situ image from inside my truck as the snake was soaking up morning sun after a night of thunderstorms. Right time. Right place. Utah County, Utah, USA.
Found this pretty little baby dead on the road, it’s such a shame to see this so often 💔 #brakeforsnakes #greatbasinrattlesnake
Great Basin Rattlesnakes in courtship. The male was a little aggressive in his approach, but that's how it goes with these snakes most of the time . #Courtship #Crotaluslutosus #fieldherping #GreatBasinRattlesnake #Mating #naturephotography #rattlesnakes #Utah #wildlifephotography
This lil Great Basin rattler almost tagged my hand while doing some yard work..so he became my pet.
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Spent a good bit of the night with this beauty! Such a calm and beautiful animal, didn't rattle once and didn't even stand ground so we could get a decent picture haha Just kept trying to go about his/her business. Rattlesnakes are way too underestimated and underappreciated.
@xrymanderx 
#greatbasinrattlesnake #crotaluslutosus #rattlesnake #buzztail #nevadaherps #herpfinds #herpetology
Im not a huge fan of snakes, and yet I keep finding myself near them. Im also not one of those that indiscriminately kill every snake they see. This little fellow (yes I assumed its gender, but not its preference) was about to get run over, I’d rather he went his way. I am always amazed that I almost NEVER see rattlesnakes in the desert, but I almost always see them up near the tree line. #coldboremiracle #freelancesharpshooter #snakes #rattlesnake #greatbasinrattlesnake #8000ft
Im not a huge fan of snakes, and yet I keep finding myself near them. Im also not one of those that indiscriminately kill every snake they see. This little fellow (yes I assumed its gender, but not its preference) was about to get run over, I’d rather he went his way. I am always amazed that I almost NEVER see rattlesnakes in the desert, but I almost always see them up near the tree line. #coldboremiracle  #freelancesharpshooter  #snakes  #rattlesnake  #greatbasinrattlesnake  #8000ft 
Gravid Great Basin Rattlesnake incubating her young outside of a small mammal burrow. The red sand on her back from squeezing out of the tight burrow allowed her to blend in surprisingly well. #Crotaluslutosus #fieldherping #GreatBasinRattlesnake #insitu #naturephotography #rattlesnakes #Utah #wildlifephotography
Great Basin Rattlesnake - Mono County, CA 
With @dallasjolly
Great Basin Rattlesnake - Mono County, CA With @dallasjolly
Monsoons really get these big males out searching for love. I've seen this guy visiting at least 2 different females in separate areas already. #Crotaluslutosus #fieldherping #GreatBasinRattlesnake #insitu #naturephotography #RedCliffsDesertReserve #Utah #wildlifephotography
Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) eating some sort of field mouse in Southern Utah. With @intothemojave
Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) eating some sort of field mouse in Southern Utah. With @intothemojave
Outside my office this morning. It got re-located up in the hills. #nevada #wildlife #nevadawildlife #greatbasinrattlesnake #rattlesnake #snakes
No cup of coffee has ever woke me up quite like the sound of taking an unsuspecting step next to a rattlesnake #greatbasinrattlesnake
No cup of coffee has ever woke me up quite like the sound of taking an unsuspecting step next to a rattlesnake #greatbasinrattlesnake 
Big mama last night. Possibly gravid. Had a great girth on it. With a 10 button rattle. #washoecounty #crotaluslutosus #greatbasin #rattlesnake #greatbasinrattlesnake #venomous #herplife #herpnevada
Big mama from last night. Found by @zigoto_apocalypto . It’s always good seeing a big healthy snake. About 10 buttons on this individual. #greatbasinrattlesnake #crotaluslutosus #crotalus #lutosus #crote #lute #greatbasin #rattlesnake #venomous #herplife
Great Basin Rattlesnake I road cruised last night. By far the biggest one I’ve seen this year! This snake was so chill, not once did it rattle at me or act aggressive.
Great Basin Rattlesnake I road cruised last night. By far the biggest one I’ve seen this year! This snake was so chill, not once did it rattle at me or act aggressive.
Double the trouble is always better. 2 Great Basin Rattlesnakes from World Snake Day 2018. 2 different color variations. #crotaluslutosus #crotalus #lutosus #greatbasin #rattlesnake #greatbasinrattlesnake #worldsnakeday #washoecounty #herpsofnevada #herpsofinstagram #venomous #snakesofinstagram
A couple great basins enjoying some social time. All generations are welcome with these guys.
A couple great basins enjoying some social time. All generations are welcome with these guys.
Perhaps a desert only feels empty at the speed of hot howling blacktop and air-conditioned cruise control, of a certain blur-blindness where the beautiful appears barren.
Perhaps a desert only feels empty at the speed of hot howling blacktop and air-conditioned cruise control, of a certain blur-blindness where the beautiful appears barren.
There is nothing in the world more thrilling to me than to watch the desert come alive at dusk #myhappyplace #greatbasinrattlesnake #bigboy #lookatthatrattle #gophersnake #rosywasoveritagain
hate. when I hate all the pics I take of an individual who has a lasting impact on me. this dudet was so chill. she was on a mission even when I let her go she just wanted to b line to get where she wanted. was also soooo laid back let me mess with her for about an hour but never once stopped moving haha #greatbasin #greatbasinrattlesnake #crotalus #crotaluslutosus #lutosus #snake #snakesofinstagram #reptilesofinstagram #reptile
Found a BEAST of a great basin rattler last night! I've never seen one this big before, and its temperament was insane, such a calm animal and didnt rattle once (until I pet it lol). He/she will be one to remember! @xrymanderx 
#nevadaherps #herpfinds #herpetology #herping #greatbasinrattlesnake #rattlesnake #buzztail
The three different lutes from last night with @thatscorpionguy. I love seeing the color differences. Biggest darkest beast of a lute I’ve ever seen! #worldsnakeday2018 #worldsnakeday #lutosus #crotalus #crotaluslutosus #greatbasin #rattlesnake #greatbasinrattlesnake #herpnevada #nvherps #venomous 
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Happy World Snake Day! I know not everyone digs serpents but I appreciate those who do...or are at least willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Information in the press and the movies often lends to their bad reputations, and they're often the target of many destructive superstitions. Most snakes I've encountered have been nothing but diplomatic...even the western diamondback (Crotalus atrox - the most BA scientific name!!) I accidentally touched while smammal trapping (not pictured). The two other diamondbacks politely rattled and went about their business of rodent control once I moved away.
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These dudes and dudettes let me handle them (the non-venomous varieties) and I'm always amazed at how sweet and passive they behave. If they wanted to they could inflict serious pain, even with a bite, but they don't. Of the approximately 3,400 different species of snake, only 600 are venomous 200 of which deadly to humans. Remember, snakes need friends, not enemies 🐍
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First pic is an oooooold photo of a racer snake (Coluber constrictor) at Crack in the Ground. The second photo is of a Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus) on the middle Deschutes.
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#worldsnakeday #worldsnakeday2018 #snakesofinstagram #snakesarefriends #herpsofinstagram #snakes🐍 #snakesarecool #givesnakesachance #nationalserpentday #serpent #rodentcontrol #biodiversity #snakey #rattlesnake #greatbasinrattlesnake #crotalus #coluberconstrictor #racersnake
Happy World Snake Day! I know not everyone digs serpents but I appreciate those who do...or are at least willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Information in the press and the movies often lends to their bad reputations, and they're often the target of many destructive superstitions. Most snakes I've encountered have been nothing but diplomatic...even the western diamondback (Crotalus atrox - the most BA scientific name!!) I accidentally touched while smammal trapping (not pictured). The two other diamondbacks politely rattled and went about their business of rodent control once I moved away. . These dudes and dudettes let me handle them (the non-venomous varieties) and I'm always amazed at how sweet and passive they behave. If they wanted to they could inflict serious pain, even with a bite, but they don't. Of the approximately 3,400 different species of snake, only 600 are venomous 200 of which deadly to humans. Remember, snakes need friends, not enemies 🐍 . First pic is an oooooold photo of a racer snake (Coluber constrictor) at Crack in the Ground. The second photo is of a Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus) on the middle Deschutes. . . . . . #worldsnakeday  #worldsnakeday2018  #snakesofinstagram  #snakesarefriends  #herpsofinstagram  #snakes 🐍 #snakesarecool  #givesnakesachance  #nationalserpentday  #serpent  #rodentcontrol  #biodiversity  #snakey  #rattlesnake  #greatbasinrattlesnake  #crotalus  #coluberconstrictor  #racersnake 
For world snake day here is a photo of a Great Basin Rattlesnake watching over her recently born litter.  Rattlesnakes in particular have a bad rap, but knowing that they watch over their young, even if just for a week, helps destroy some of the animosity towards their kind. They are more social and interesting than people give them credit for. #Crotaluslutosus #GreatBasinRattlesnake #LiveBirth #MaternalCare #MojaveDesert #Neonate #RedCliffsDesertReserve #Utah #WorldSnakeDay
Here is a pretty Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) to celebrate #worldsnakeday - While out on an evening hike a few days ago @cameron.rognan spotted this girl, sporting a fresh shed, sitting out in the rain. Southern Utah, 2018 with @cameron.rognan @naturenate_95 @intothemojave
Here is a pretty Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus) to celebrate #worldsnakeday  - While out on an evening hike a few days ago @cameron.rognan spotted this girl, sporting a fresh shed, sitting out in the rain. Southern Utah, 2018 with @cameron.rognan @naturenate_95 @intothemojave
Another one of the lutosus found will @dallasjolly. We found some pretty crazy ones on our trip!
Another one of the lutosus found will @dallasjolly. We found some pretty crazy ones on our trip!
Almost stepped on this gal on my run today. She was so chill. The creatures you meet in the wild. #rattle 🐍 #greatbasinrattlesnake #desert