Driving north up from the crossing of the Middle Yuba River, over 3000 feet elevation. This young snake made a lot of noise, but she just wanted to get away.
Juvenile rattlesnake found on the side of the road on a sunny 70 degree day. It appeared to have a rattle but made no noise-- just tongue flicked. It was moved off the road using a lizard pole because there were approaching trucks.
found near trail, lying very still for several minutes until moving quickly out of sight
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.