CLN teamed up with Jimmy Joe, also known as, the wrangler snake hunter to guide us through the hot Sonora Desert in search of the Western Diamondback rattlesnake in Maricopa, Arizona. When Jimmy Joe isn’t hunting rattlesnakes, he works as a plumber for his local primer business, Jimmy Joe’s Plumbing, LLC. Jimmy Joe’s Plumbing, LLC., provides a wide range of services for both residential and commercial properties throughout Arizona. “Jimmy Joe’s Plumbing, the only plumber you will ever need.”
But you don’t have to be from the hot state of Arizona to view this action-packed expedition; meanwhile, beware of your surroundings because even if your dog or cat touches your leg while watching this video, there is a good chance you will be jumping out of your Justin Boots.
With a valid hunting license, individuals are allowed to hunt four rattlesnakes per year. Nevertheless, it is easier said than done.
These venomous rattlesnakes blend in with their surrounding environment so well that it is no easy task spotting the hundreds of Western Diamondbacks slithering through the desert landscape. Yet, the majority of the time these rattlesnakes are coiled up because they use their predatory instincts to capture their prey by letting their food come to them, in order to use their camouflage as an advantage. In other words, a rattlesnake will look like a “cow pie” when these cold-blooded vertebrate class of snakes are wrapped up in this usual position.
A common misconception of the Western Diamondback is that most think that these snakes rattle their rattlers when they come close to humans, but the majority of the time they will not even use their rattlers unless they are alert enough to feel threatened. In addition, many believe that you can tell how old a snake is by the number of buttons a rattle has on its tail. However, that is not accurate because many tend to brake off during the course of their lifetime and cannot be used to determine the rattlesnake’s age. Instead, it is a better gauge to determine a snake’s age by measuring the overall size of its dry, scaly skin, and body.
Special thanks to Jimmy Joe for educating and leading the CLN team through this thrilling voyage!