Aruba Island Rattlesnake



“In the summer of 2022 a few friends and I took a trip to the Dutch island of Aruba with high hopes of seeing, and photographing, all of the island’s herpetofauna. We were particularly aiming for the endemic Aruba Island Rattlesnake (Crotalus unicolor) that survives in a harsh, karst, cactus scrub landscape. After hiking over 10 miles in the sweltering night heat, we were rewarded with two of these magnificent animals. The juvenile in the picture had just emerged from a land crab burrow and was coiled in ambush below a Twisted Acacia.” — Jake Scott

Jake Scott captured a beautiful image of this elusive snake, and shared it with us for this month’s photo!  Thank you!

Connect with Jake and see more of his work on Instagram @caudatejake.