This Hopi rattlesnake was scurrying across the trail I was hiking on in the northern Arizona desert. It slithered its way into this small sagebrush where it curled up into its typical defensive position, but did not give off its typical warning sound, the rattle of its tail. Instead, it allowed me to photograph it, reluctantly no doubt. Captured in Monument Valley Tribal Park, northern Arizona.
:''Common names: Hopi rattlesnake, Arizona prairie rattlesnake, prairie rattlesnake.''
''Crotalus viridis nuntius'' is a venomous pitviper subspecies native primarily to the desert plateau of the northeastern portion of the American state of Arizona, but also ranges into northwestern New Mexico. Named for the Native American Hopi tribe, which inhabits the region, its range overlaps that of the dominate subspecies and some interbreeding is believed to occur. The taxonomy of the ''C. viridis''.. more