Travelling along the dirt road to Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre, we encountered many of these
"Rattlesnake Crossings" signs.
On arriving at the centre, we realized why......
There is a RATTLESNAKE RESEARCH PROGRAM here, so they don't want to find their Rattlesnakes dead on the road!
Signs are scattered around so you are aware of the Snakes when walking as well. The Western Rattlesnake is a local in the region, but is an "at risk" Snake.
Researchers capture the rattlesnakes, then measure, weigh, and tag them with tiny microchips. They are then released back into the wild. A small number of snakes are also equipped with radio-transmitters.
If you go to the Centre, you will have a chance to see the Rattlesnake Presentations.
Sometimes, you may be lucky and see the weekly tagging sessions
Rattlesnakes go into hibernation and are seen best between April to October