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We took a trip to the Grand Canyon July 22 when our nephew Shaun Bockelmann and his
fiance were visiting. Shaun is a critter person and had said he wanted to see a rattlesnake on
his visit to Arizona. I had told him this would be very unlikely. Well, much to my surprise,
he did find a rattlesnake at Pima Point overlook, our last stop for the day. I told him he had
won the 'Steve Irwin' award (he is a big fan of Steve's).
The snake had been coiled up under some brush when Shaun found it. By the time I got
there to take its picture, other tourists were around and the snake decided to move to a
different locaion. I managed to get a couple of pictures while it was moving. Picture 1
shows the front of the snake as it is crawling away.
Picture 2 shows the tail the snake and its rattles.
Picture 3 was taken after the snake reached another shrub under which to curl up. It is useful
as one can see the cheek markings, body markings, and the rattles, three items by which it can
be positively identified.