Allan Hall invited me to see the work that he and his son are doing to document graves, the arrastre and mine remnants in the Black Rock Mine area, and afterwards to hike Slim Jim wash.
Nearing our Constellation road destination, we stopped to chat with a Boy Scout group hiking the road. A couple of the boys spied a rattlesnake slithering out of the brush. It continued until it found shady “quarters” beneath Allan’s pickup. The snake was not disturbed even when Allan moved his truck so I quickly took this neat picture – using a ZOOM telephoto of course.
The title of this article is Allan’s guess as to the species suborder. Check the link http://www.reptilesofaz.com/herp-snakes.html for additional information on snakes in Arizona and then make your own judgment.
Remember, when snakes are encountered, leave them alone as most envenomizations occur when attempts are made to capture or kill these desert critters.