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Lost Dutchman State Park CampgroundPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2016
gummo
Hiking3.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.17 mph
400 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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I took advantage of the morning weather to look for newborn snakes and volunteered my services to get their first baby pics. :D Some of the snakes did not appreciate my efforts, but they'll thank me later.

I hunting around Lost Dutchman SP. I saw hikers in the distance, and I assumed they were out doing the same thing I was doing, so I let them be. I saw 4 baby snakes. One was clearly not ready to be photographed. He just got done eating a large meal. He was so stuffed that he couldn't move or even rattle his tail. It looked like he tried to coil, but he probably couldn't strike anyway. He probably used all of his venom on the meal. I didn't want him to throw up just so he can pose properly for the photo, so I let him go.

My favorite snake was the lightly colored gopher snake, though she was a bit too anxiety for me to get decent photos, but it was the lightest colored gopher snake that I've even seen. She was not a newborn. She was at least a year old. A natural blond beauty, but not so good modeling for the camera.

The third snake was very small but had distinct markings. He appeared to be a rut.

The time, distance, and AEG is a guess. I saw 3 snake right away and within a few 100 yards of each other. The last snake, the fat diamondback, was spotted closer to the end of the hike. I think the only reason that I saw it was because it was too fat to move into a hole or take cover.
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