Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes: Image Gallery

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes Mating
    ••• Rattlesnake Sex Two Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes mating. The male is 4 feet long and the female is 3 feet. Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes © Brad Lawrence, used with permission.

    The Snake Most People Fear is the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    The images of Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes in this gallery were all submitted by About.com Phoenix readers, and all of these snakes were found in Arizona. However, not all snakes that call the Phoenix area home are Diamondbacks. Check out this gallery of other snake varieties seen in Arizona, some of which are venomous and some are not.

    When encountering a snake you should take appropriate precautions. If you come upon any snake in the desert, the best way to proceed is to steer clear -- avoid it and leave it alone! If you have a snake at your home or in your yard and you aren't comfortable with what kind of snake it is or how to handle it, contact a professional and they will remove it for you.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake found in the Phoenix area (or your hand or foot after having been bitten by a snake) and you would like to submit the picture for inclusion in this gallery, here is how you do it. Your...MORE photo might be featured in the About.com Phoenix weekly newsletter!

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is the most common venomous snake in the Phoenix area.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes Mating
    ••• Rattlesnake Sex Two Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes mating. The male is 4 feet long and the female is 3 feet. Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes © Brad Lawrence, used with permission.

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is the most common venomous snake in the Phoenix area.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Snake Remover From the photographer: "I relocate rattlesnake out of peoples yards. This is a western Diamondback Rattlesnake from NW Phoenix. On the bucket, it says "DANGER SNAKE.". Western Diamondback Rattlesnake picture © John Hardison, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Arizona Rattlesnake

    Arizona Rattlesnake
    ••• Keeping Our Distance Rattlesnake in Fountain Hills. Rattlesnake picture © Terri, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Arizona Rattlesnake

    Arizona Rattlesnake
    ••• Young Rattlesnake Neonate (baby) Western diamondback rattlesnake. (Crotalus atrox). Rattlesnake picture © Zack Bittner, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Arizona Rattlesnake

    Arizona Rattlesnake
    ••• Gravid Female Rattlesnake Gravid female Western diamondback rattlesnake. Rattlesnake picture © Zack Bittner, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous Diamondback rattlesnake in Gila Bend, AZ. © Gloria Spratt, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous From the photographer: "I came across this Western Diamond back on Mother's Day, about 12 miles north of the city of Phoenix boundaries. Basically just north of Anthem at a place called Table Mesa. I estimate that it was about 4 feet long.". © Trent Mitchell, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous. © Kristi Johnson, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "We adopted a couple of bearded dragons from a yard sale about 2 months ago and part of the deal was to take not only the 60 gallon tank with the dragons but also a Southwestern Speckled rattlesnake in a 125 gal. tank. This was my boyfriends 'project'. Approximately one month later, we discovered 'Fang' (the diamondback) in our backyard in rural East Mesa. We have children and dogs and were concerned about loose snakes. They get along GREAT in the same enclosure! We do not know his age but figure he/she is young. Just yesterday, there was a very large diamondback sniffing around our dragon's outdoor enclosure and I captured him. Thought perhaps to release him/her but divided the large tank and now they all live warm, fed and happy. They eat live mice, small rats once every...MORE week to 1.5 weeks. This is a bit difficult for us as we also have domestic dumbo rats as pets! I guess I became an unexpected snake handler. We use 'the Grabber' to handle the snakes and it is always an adrenaline-charged event when we have to clean enclosures, rehouse etc."

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous From the photographer: "I came across this Western Diamond back on Mother's Day, about 12 miles north of the city of Phoenix boundaries. Basically just north of Anthem at a place called Table Mesa. I estimate that it was about 4 feet long.". © Trent Mitchell, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous From the photographer: "This Diamondback Rattlesnake was captured in Madera Canyon, AZ this May 2008. He was kind enough to pose without hurting me. Using a 400mm lens helped as well. :)". © Tom Callahan, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Scottsdale Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous It would be easy to miss this rattlesnake in a Scottsdale backyard. © Ayesha Saeed, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous From the photographer: "This surprise visitor was caught in 2008 at...the south side of South Mountain Park....It was released the same day in an undeveloped area south of South Mountain at approximately Pecos and 20th Ave.". © Derrick A. Denis, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous From the photographer: "Merkle Trail - Usery Mountain Park. He appears to be an older snake, his rattler is perfectly visible. I'm being called the "Rattlesnake Magnet" - this is my 6th hike and I've seen rattlesnakes on 4 of those hikes!". © Debbie Joedicker, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Rattlesnake Picture
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous From the photographer: "[This is] a rattlesnake my wife and I came across this afternoon (3/22/09) while traveling on Date Creek Rd. north of Congress, AZ....Before it "coiled" we estimate it's length to be at least 3.5 to 4.0 ft. long.". Rattlesnake Picture © Ralph & Nancy Heysek, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous Photographed in Desert Hills (Scottsdale). Rattlesnake Picture © Bonnie Mora, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Arizona Rattlesnake

    Arizona Rattlesnake
    ••• In Gold Canyon From the photographer: "Here is a picture of a Rattlesnake that I come across in Gold Canyon by the Superstition Mountains. It was a scary shot because he was ready to strike.". Rattlesnake picture © Bob Czzowitz, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Rattlesnake on a Hike Seen on a hike on the Go John Trail in the Cave Creek Recreational Area. From the photographer: "I about stepped on this one, but he was nice enough to pose for me.". Western Diamondback Rattlesnake © Brad Lawrence, used with permission.

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is the most common venomous snake in the Phoenix area.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Spur Cross recreation Area This Western Diamondback Rattlesnake was photographed at the Spur Cross Recreation Area in Cave Creek, Arizona. © Tracy Saker, used with permission

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is a common venomous snake in the Phoenix area.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• San Tan Valley From the photographer: "Found this brave snake in my backyard near the golf course in San Tan Valley, AZ near Queen Creek, AZ. 9/15/2011.". © Rhonda Duvall, used with permission

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is a common snake in the Phoenix area. Don't get too close -- it is venomous.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Juvenile Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Maricopa County Snake - Venomous A juvenile Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, in a backyard in Peoria, Arizona. © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Rattlesnake rattle
    ••• Scottsdale, Arizona Wildlife is abundant at the Sonoran Desert Trails in Scottsdale. This photographer started at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead. This rattler was spotted about 1/4 mile from the trailhead. © Gary Wojton, used with permission

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is a common snake in the Phoenix area. This is a picture of the rattle. Don't get too close -- it is venomous.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Scottsdale Rattlesnake
    ••• Scottsdale, Arizona From the photographer: "Snake photo was taken on the Marcus Landslide Trail (located at the Tom Thumb Trailhead in Scottsdale) in March of 2013. I was sure glad it rattled as I approached so was to get far enough to the side to get these photos!". © Gary Wojton, used with permission

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is a commonly seen in the Phoenix area. It is venomous.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    ••• Scottsdale, Arizona From the photographer: "I was hiking on the Marcus Landslide Trail (connected at the Tom Thumb Trailhead in Northern Scottsdale) when I heard a very loud rattling sound.....and was able to snap a few photos of this very aggitated western Diamondback. It did actually strike out at me twice and then went back into this pose!". © Gary Wojton, used with permission

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is a commonly seen in the Phoenix area. It is venomous. Warning: if you are taking photos, please keep your distance and don't disturb the snake's habitat.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    ••• Scottsdale, Arizona Yes, rattlesnakes can swim! This photo was taken in Tucson, AZ. © Cindy McNown Perry, used with permission

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is commonly seen in the Phoenix area. It is venomous. Warning: if you are taking photos, please keep your distance and don't disturb the snake's habitat.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

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    ••• About Two Feet Long Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. Tom Blair, used with permission

    From the photographer: "This picture was from my back yard at Marana AZ.The Snake is a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake it was about 2ft or so long."

     If you have taken a photo of a snake in Arizona and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.