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Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: January 27th, 2016, 1:06 pm
by DarwinsBulldog
First off, I would like to thank everyone who posts here. I am a long time lurker and have gained a great deal of information and entertainment browsing this forum. I hope I can give just a little back to the community that has offered so much to me here.

SO, I am from NY but I spent a few months this summer doing field work in Oklahoma with the federally endangered carrion beetle Nicrophorus americanus. I took full advantage of my time in the state and spent every opportunity I could herping as well as taking in as much of its natural history as possible. Here are some of the rattlesnakes I encountered during my stay which makes up all of the species found in the state. All pictures were taken with a Nikon D7000 and a 300mm f4 or the 10.5 fisheye.

This first timber I found while going to check my beetle trap. Look how close it was sitting along my little path to my green bucket trap in the back.

Imagetimbertrap2 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber03 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber1 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber10 by Greg Strait, on Flickr

Cruised this one not far from the area of the snake pictured above.
Imagetimber131313 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber111111 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber121212 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagevibrate69 by Greg Strait, on Flickr

Another timber also from the same general region as the previous two.

Imagetimber4::7! by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber4::7% by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber4::7* by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber4::[email protected] by Greg Strait, on Flickr

Timber from a different WMA.

SPOT THE TIMBER….Imagetimber59 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber18 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber21 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber24 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagetimber4timber444 by Greg Strait, on Flickr

Western Diamondback

Imageatrox34 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imageatrox2000 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imageatrox144 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imageatrox4 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imageatrox10 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imageatrox24 by Greg Strait, on Flickr

Prairie rattlesnake

Imageprairie by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imageprairie1 by Greg Strait, on Flickr

Massasauga

Imagemassasagua4 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagemassasagua999 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagemassasagua6 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagemassasagua by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagemassasagua3 by Greg Strait, on Flickr

Pygmy

Imagepygmy666 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagepygmy22 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagepygmy22 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagepygmy55 by Greg Strait, on Flickr

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: January 27th, 2016, 2:30 pm
by DarwinsBulldog
Another Western Diamondback

Imagediamond771 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagediamond1123 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagediamond111 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagediamond55 by Greg Strait, on Flickr
Imagediamond133 by Greg Strait, on Flickr

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: January 27th, 2016, 3:06 pm
by Rman
Nice post! Interesting pattern toward the tail end of the sauga.

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: January 27th, 2016, 6:31 pm
by pete
That first timber is stunning!!
Great post! Don't get many from that state.

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: January 28th, 2016, 7:23 pm
by dwakefield
Love your wide angle photos! And that pygmy is a real stunner

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: January 29th, 2016, 12:07 pm
by ChadHarrison
Holy cats, man. That half-striped tergeminus was outta sight! Even in blue.

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: January 30th, 2016, 3:22 am
by Rags
Great shots of some beautiful snakes.

Thanks for posting.

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: February 1st, 2016, 1:55 pm
by Kyle from Carolina
I loved this post. Oklahoma has some awesome critters. I passed through in late august and met up with a friend. We got a timber on the first cruise of the first night, crossing the road in a fairly developed area. I was surprised by how plentiful the snakes were across the entire state. Great photos!

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: February 1st, 2016, 5:32 pm
by Brian Willey
Just what I want to see! I am planning a trip to Oklahoma in May. Interesting photos!

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: February 2nd, 2016, 7:25 am
by MCHerper
Awesome!

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: February 3rd, 2016, 3:45 pm
by DarwinsBulldog
Brian Willey wrote:Just what I want to see! I am planning a trip to Oklahoma in May. Interesting photos!
What part of the sate will you be in?

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: February 5th, 2016, 5:23 pm
by blacktara
Brian Willey wrote:Just what I want to see! I am planning a trip to Oklahoma in May. Interesting photos!
When r u going to be here in Oklahoma and what do you want to see?

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: February 8th, 2016, 5:00 pm
by Brian Willey
I'm going to the northwest part of the state. My main target is Heterodon nasicus but I'm also hoping for some Crotes. My dad and I take a camping trip every year and instead of staying in state as usual we decided to get a little bit farther away for once.

Re: Oklahoma rattlesnakes summer 2015

Posted: February 8th, 2016, 10:46 pm
by Keeper
Thanks for sharing!

I will do some fieldworks in Oklahoma this coming Spring, look forward to see some of these "hot" snakes soon! :D

Cheers

Kai