Normally by this time of year, snakes in Colorado would not be easily spotted as they would instead choose to stay underground where it is warmer. However, with the unseasonably warm weather we have been having here, many are still quite active.
This particular rattler was one of six that was crossing a road in the foothills southwest of Denver on Monday. While the others quickly moved into their burrow under some rocks, this one instead chose to show off. As recreationists made their way by on foot and bike, it coiled up, hissed and of course rattled its tail to sound a warning to any that would get too close. I of course kept my distance. 😉
Western Rattlesnakes, also known as Prairie Rattlesnakes, average three feet in length which is about how long this one was.