Close Encounter with a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

A few days ago, I was taking Ethan to baseball practice.  We went to the usual entrance we use at the school at which his team practices.  However, since the school is on Spring Break, the gate was closed, and we had to turn around and find another route in.  As I was turning the truck, there on the blacktop, I saw a BIG snake.  I didn’t measure it, but it was at least 3.5 feet long, maybe 4 feet.  I did get out of the truck for a closer look, but I kept a safe distance.  It was moving slowly, away from me.  I took a pic with my phone (which didn’t come out very clearly), and equipped with the pic and with memory, sought to identify the snake, once we got home.

Turns out it was a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake!  You know, just the venemous snake responsible for the most bites and deaths of any rattlesnake in the U.S..  Eek!


In looking up information, I saw that Arizona Game & Fish has a FREE poster that it will mail out for the asking (free postage and everything).  Now, I have no idea if they will mail it to non-Arizona residents, but it seems like they would.  I spoke to a woman named Sharon ( or (623) 236-7220), who was extremely friendly, and even more helpful when she found out I was a homeschooler, “Well, then, I have more things I’d like to send you!  How about a Raptors of Arizona poster, too, and one of Arizona’s state symbols, and we have some wildlife-related lesson plans for many grade levels….”  So, we’re eagerly expecting our posters and a host of other goodies to arrive soon.  🙂


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on March 27, 2008, in Arizona, Homeschooling, Life in the Desert, Loving Nature!, Science, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. So where’s the rest of the story? You know, the part about getting back into the truck and driving over the snake, shifting into reverse and backing over it, shifting into drive and running over it, shifting into reverse and backing it, lather, rinse, and repeat.

  2. You think that’s scary? My sister in law and her pastor had a close encounter with Bill Clinton the other day…

  3. Mrs N ~ I wouldn’t do that! Not that I want snakes as pets, but I found it fascinating, and had to control myself not to get too close. 🙂

    Iain ~ You namedropper, you! I thought you liked Clinton, anyhow. 😉

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