Mike Cardwell

Joined: Dec 09, 2013 Last Active: Jan 27, 2023 iNaturalist

I am a wildlife biologist studying the behavior and ecology of rattlesnakes, snakebite epidemiology, and how rattlesnake behavior affects encounters with people. I am particularly interested in Crotalus scutulatus (Mohave Rattlesnake), especially it's diet, reproductive habits, its odd distribution on opposite sides of the Colorado River, and variation in venom components across its range. I live in Tucson, AZ, where I serve as a consulting biologist with the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, and I enjoy an appointment as adjunct faculty researcher at San Diego State University. You can find a blog about my four-year (2014-17) radiotelemetry study of Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes at www.EYNCRattlesnakes.com.

Have questions about how to distinguish between Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes and Mohave Rattlesnakes? Have a look at our 2022 paper: Mohave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) identification revisited. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wem.2022.01.003

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