Arizona Holds The World Record for Diamondbacks, and It's Not Baseball!

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I've posted about the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake previously.  The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum has a program to introduce people to these reptiles, native to Arizona.  We've even had what I thought was a large specimen (between four and five feet long) in our back yard for a summer.  (We knew where he was, and he wasn't a bother.)

Our son in law Fred is an avid outdoorsman and hunter, and he hunts regularly in the west.  Fred keeps an eye out for interesting articles, and sends them our way when he finds them. 

Here's his most recent find!

World record Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, courtesy of the Arizona Gazette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barb Szabo

Meant to say I hate snakes..

Jan 20, 2009 03:36 PM #7
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Don Rogers
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Mike,

All I can say is , THAT is ONE very, very LARGE snake and I am glad that man found it and not me.

Jan 20, 2009 04:58 PM #8
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Karen Pierce
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Hi Mike - Doreen took the words right out of my mouth :-> . I've seen a few rattlers in my day, but that's IS a whopper.

Jan 20, 2009 07:03 PM #9
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Mike,

That definitiely is no fish story. That's a huge snake - and heavy from the looks of it. :)

Steve

Jan 20, 2009 07:50 PM #10
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Bill Gassett
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Yikes that is one big mutha of a snake! I would not want to see that thing alive.

Jan 20, 2009 08:41 PM #11
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Lisa Heindel
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Oh my gosh!  I'm scared to death of snakes, so "battling" with that would NOT have been on my to-do list!!

Jan 20, 2009 09:04 PM #12
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All,

I'm just ticked that ASU got the snake instead of the University of Arizona! I'm going to make a special trip just to see it.  Thanks for commenting!  I'll see you all on your blogs.

Mike in Tucson

Jan 20, 2009 09:10 PM #13
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Kent Simpson
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Wow - that would make seat covers for an SUV with a 3rd row!  I don't know if my hoe would chop its head off without a couple of whacks.

Jan 20, 2009 09:26 PM #14
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
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HI MIKE!  Geez.  I wonder how Butch did the critter in? He looks like a strong guy - both the snake and Butch! -- Gab

Jan 21, 2009 03:16 PM #15
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Rick

It's a hoax.  Check out the authors name.

Jan 21, 2009 05:53 PM #16
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Doreen McPherson
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Oh Mike, you got us good!   No wonder you weren't commenting!  You bum!  LOL!

Jan 21, 2009 08:13 PM #17
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All,

I'm his big brother, Weben Hadd!  LOL

Rick, thanks for commenting!

Mike in Tucson

Jan 21, 2009 10:31 PM #18
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Bruce Brockmeier
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Ha!  You HAD me going with that story....

Jan 21, 2009 11:55 PM #19
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Doreen McPherson
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I don't think they have trees that big in Arizona.  So where did the snake come from?  

Jan 22, 2009 12:26 AM #20
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Rick

I have picture of the same snake, that some else is holding, from January 2006.  They said the snake was killed in Texas.    

Jan 22, 2009 11:01 AM #21
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Robert

A shame such a beautiful specimen was killed. Should have just let it be and it wouldn't have bothered anybody. Rattlesnakes are not a threat if you know where they are and you give them space.

Aug 18, 2010 04:47 PM #22
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Robert,

I grew up with really large snakes as a kid in Suriname, South America.  We keep an eye out for rattlers in our back yard, but we don't kill them.

Rick,

The foreshortening effect by holding the snake close to the camera makes it seem larger than it really is.  Check out the name of the author...  You  Been Had!  LOL

Doreen,

See my comment to Rick.

Bruce,

Glad to oblige!

Mike in Tucson

Aug 19, 2010 12:36 AM #23
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Eric

It's sad when humans kill other animals for no reason.

It's even more sad when someone says that this animal would make a nice pair of boots. Have you no soul?

It's terribly sad when no one reads the author's name, and people just assume this is real.

Sep 13, 2010 05:52 PM #24
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Eric,

Would that be Eric in Lubbock TX?

Mike in Tucson

Sep 14, 2010 07:23 AM #25
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Abdon Stewart
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I know you posted this a while ago, but holy smokes that is a scary looking snake. I think I would have had a heart attack if I stumbled across that thing!

Jan 20, 2011 10:49 AM #26
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