Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake
April 18th, 2015
Date: April 24, 2015
Time: 12:36 pm
Temperature: 84 F
Environment: near an arroyo
What kind of rattlesnake is it? It was 3 and 1/2 feet long.
Crotalus is a genus of venomous pit vipers found only in the Americas from southern Canada to northern Argentina. The name is derived from the Greek word krotalon, which means "rattle" or "castanet", and refers to the rattle on the end of the tail which makes this group (genera Crotalus and Sistrurus) so distinctive. 32 species are currently recognized.