Frog pic was awesome! The colors, the shine and the textures you captured make this an amazing photo.
Interesting stuff. I had not heard that before.Frog pic was awesome!
With the rattler, note how it’s hidden it’s rattles under its body. This is what we’re seeing more and more commonly in the SW deserts. Especially with the coontails...hiding their very visible, very noticeable distinct black and white striped tails under their coiled bodies. This makes them better camouflaged, less noticeable and also mutes the sound of their rattling...of they even do that any more.
Some herpetologists have posited that these snakes are simply evolving better survival strategies by doing this. Being more visible and/or giving themselves away with rattling first just frequently gets them killed by humans. Some studies even have determined that rattlesnakes are no longer rattling before striking.
Pretty interesting (and disturbing) stuff.
You might have actually come across the very rare Mojave Rattlesnake. See picture below of a young one, similar lighter color (compared to the diamondback). These Mojaves are considered even more poisonous than most other Arizona rattlers (I was an amateur herp when younger, actually caught one of these guys and donated it to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum).Interesting stuff. I had not heard that before.
So, some background to the Diamondback picture:
I came across him this morning at about ~7 am, and it was cool (for SE AZ) at about ~80.
I assume he was warming up before heading out for breakfast.
Rattlers are not uncommon in the area. Last time I encountered one, he alerted with a rattle.
Frog, or more specifically toad , pic is a product of my phone. I am a terrible photographer.
Thanks for the kind words all the same!