Mojave Rattlesnake


This Mojave Rattlesnake, a part of the Pit Viper family, was found in Box Canyon 10 miles west of Socorro, NM. Although this little guy is only three to four inches in length he will grow up to be over three feet in length. The first snake Paul & I have seen since we started this trip, along with the first stretch of beautiful mild desert weather. We were lucky to have spotted this small creature as he is the most venomous snake in the entire continental United States and claimed to be the most aggressive. Paul & I recently purchased the National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to the Southwestern States and profiled this very snake before handling it. With Jeff Corwin resemblance I carefully plucked this snake from his ditch with a stick and hoped not to anger it. We examined it silently and returned it to a small nook in the ground.

About Clint Valentine

Clint is currently enrolled in two undergraduate degrees in Biology & Environmental Science at Northeastern University. He enjoys pursuits of endurance and distance which have included summiting many peaks in New England during winter alpine ascents, sailing the Atlantic in a vintage gaff-rigged schooner, rock climbing in five states including Oregon, and cycling 5,000 miles across North America. He has goals of pushing the envelope of his limits and combining his many outdoors interests into one big trip. He has a passion for photography and hopes to one day produce a documentary for a round-the-world tour.
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