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Highest altitude for rattlesnakes?

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:45 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Two at the same time at 9200 ft on Onyx Peak (San Bernardino Mtns).  With the number of radio relay stations and buildings on its very broad summit there must be plenty of rodents for snakes to feed on up there.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just below Etiwanda Peak last summer.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About halfway down from Baden-Powell to Ross, July 5, 2003...rattler was coiled and wagging tail but no sound...very strange...it would not move, so I walked well around it (after taking a couple of bad pix with wide-angle point-and-shoot camera...now I take my DSLR on hikes...)...

Also, near the top of Williamson 8214, July 29, 2011...

Both around 8000 feet...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I can tell, there is no restriction on the range of rattlesnakes in the local mountains, although you don't see them frequently above 10,000'.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:47 am    Post subject: Rattlesnakes Reply with quote

We saw a rattlesnake years ago near Timber Mtn around 8000'.  It would have been July or August, warm weather. The guidebooks say you will not find them above 7000' in the colder Sierra, bit I'm still not sticking my hands or feet where I cannot see them.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting question.  I looked it up on a herpetology site and apparently Southern Pacific rattlesnakes (like the one in your photo) can live as high as 9000 ft. although they're rarely seen above 7000. The record altitude for a western diamondback was 11,500, which is amazing.
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