It happened so fast the only thing I could do was stop and push the GPZ coil down and take a breath. I thought to myself “What the heck was that a snake and if so what kind?” I always swing the coil and listen for a target while simultaneously scanning the terrain to look for meteorites Etc. while wearing my headphones. When I’m hunting in a brushy wash I move real slow and try to avoid tight areas and always put the coil in the blind areas or make a wide berth just on the chance and snake could be chilling in the shade. Oh and by the way my snake chaps I keep them in my truck just in case I need them!.Ok back to the snake under my coil and part way in a bush.
From my quick observation the tail had no buttons and was white and black striped and the color kinda looked like a Western diamond back. I felt comfortable with the situation because my coil was holding the snake now and I could just step back and look into the bush to figure out what kind of snake I had just captured. As I looked I could see the diamond shaped pattern On its back. Yep I thought, no dought it’s a rattle snake ...crap. At this point I decided to look back and step away from the brush and let my new reptilian friend go on his way. Thank God the temperature was still cool and the rattle snake was sluggish. He also had no buttons on his tail and if he did I could not hear him due to my headphones and the chatter of the detector. I was still able to snake a couple nuggets 1.29g, .82g and a small metal star.