Two rattlesnakes mating: 5 image sequence

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A five image sequence of two southern pacific rattlesnakes (_Crotalus oreganus_ helleri) mating.  I first noticed the pair when I was only a foot or two away from them on a trail; after moving a bit away I captured these five shots of the two snakes wrapping around each other.  The top four images were captured over no more than 2 seconds total, and the large image was taken less than 7 seconds after the top four.
A five image sequence of two southern pacific rattlesnakes (_Crotalus oreganus_ helleri) mating. I first noticed the pair when I was only a foot or two away from them on a trail; after moving a bit away I captured these five shots of the two snakes wrapping around each other. The top four images were captured over no more than 2 seconds total, and the large image was taken less than 7 seconds after the top four.
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Keywords:
  • California
  • Crotalus
  • Crystal Cove
  • State Park
  • animal
  • hiking
  • mating
  • rattlesnake
  • trail