With Desert Ecology Class.
This sidewinder was found during our field trip to the Granite Mountains Reserve (specifically at Amboy Crater).
The area was dry, sandy, with large masses of volcanic rock. The day was bright with clear skies. The temperature was around mid/high 90s (Fahrenheit).
Located near a mountain side under a rock and bush. Rocky mountain side around 10:30AM. Temperature was warm out but cool in shade as clouds get mixing up sun exposure.
Crotalus cerastes is a venomous pit viper species belonging to the genus Crotalus (rattlesnakes) and found in the desert regions of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Three subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.