Learning to co-exist with rattlesnakes | Environment

It was a mild spring day in 2016, and I was out walking with a friend and my dog, a lab/shepherd mix, on the West Rim Trail above the Rio Grande. As we headed south, making our way along the trail from the rest stop parking area, my friend said, “Look — it’s a rattlesnake.”

I was sure he was mistaken. I had hiked this trail numerous times in all seasons and never seen one. But when I stopped to look, I saw it — all coiled up and less than 2 feet from the trail. We took the dog away before he could notice the snake and stopped a safe distance away to zoom in for a photo. As we approached other hikers, we let them know to watch their step.

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