Crotalus viridis — Prairie Rattlesnake
This was the first snake I saw night driving on New Mexico roads. Before seeing the snake, my sister and I had seen only moths, bunnies, and one horned lizard.
This area is close to the western edge of the distribution of this species. It is not always easy to tell them apart from the Mohave Rattlesnakes that live in the same area. Thanks to Roger Repp for helping me sort out my rattlesnake photos.
This handsome adult was picking up some warmth from the road in the last minutes of daylight.
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