Swimming Rattlesnake at Eaton Canyon (Video)

A rattlesnake at Eaton Canyon shows just how fast he can swim, in this video posted on YouTube by a Patch reader.

Whether you admire its grace and agility or are simply terrified at the speed at which it swims, the rattlesnake in the video above is a sight to behold.

The video, which was shot in a stream bed in Eaton Canyon, comes courtesy of Altadena Patch reader Brent Morgan who also provided yesterday's video of a black rattlesnake moving silently at night.

Be warned, there is some profane language near the end of the video, the reaction of a hiker learning just how fast a snake can move in water.

Brent Morgan September 19, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Thanks! I thought the snake was gorgeous and I was equally impressed as I was terrified to see it swim that well. I'm in Eaton all times of the day, but think early morning is the safest time. This video was taken around noon, so the snake was getting direct sun, which doesn't happen too much in the upper canyon. The other video was taken at dusk and the very first one I saw over a year ago was on the Mount Wilson toll road just above the bridge around 2pm. So I would say 7am is probably one of the safest time's to go.
Ninja Girl September 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Awesome, thanks Brent :)
Brian September 20, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Great video - had no idea rattlesnakes could swim.... Been to the Kern River a number of times and never have seen anything like this.....and there are rattlesnakes all over the place up there at Isabella / Kern; amazing..... Watch out in Eaton Canyon!!
Sonja-Sophie September 20, 2012 at 04:13 PM
LoL - great video.... I'll just have to tunr the volume down when I show it to my son :) I almost stepped on a young rattlesnake while jogging up hill - wasn't longer than my forearm, but it rattled! Didn't a girl also get bit in Eaton nos too long ago? Thanks for the reminder to be super careful, especially when taking kids or dogs out there!
Carroll Brown October 25, 2012 at 07:00 PM
For those of you who like to hike in the foothills with your dogs, please give serious thought to taking a rattlesnake avoidance class. If you call Sierra Madre City Hall, they could probably direct you to the right person to talk to. I know they have had classes in the springtime. Also, Hidden Valley Obedience Club in Escondido has an excellent class for those who don't mind the drive. It's well worth it.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something