April 17, 2010 - Toroweap, Grand Canyon
This is where it was when we first walked up on it. Just minutes before this photo, I told Bryan that this large mound of rocks was perfect habitat for a Rattler. Eagle eyes Bryan saw it first.
Trying to get it out of the crack that it was hiding in with a snake stick.
Finally out! A beautiful Great Basin Rattler!
For safety, a snake stick is an essential tool. The angle of the photo makes it look close. But it is actually 4 to 5 feet away from me.
First, pick it up with the biting end away to see how aggressive it will be.
Then, when the snake (and you) have calmed down a bit, grab it by the head.
I support the body with the other hand to take the strain off of the snakes neck.
My faithful sidekick and photographer; Bryan.