Speckled Rattlesnake

Crotalus mitchellii

Speckled Rattlesnake
Photo: Chris Brown, USGS

Most commonly seen snake in Long Valley.

Description:
Color varies considerably, depending upon habitat. From pinkish to cream to tan. Mottled appearance; sometime salt & pepper speckling mimics granite. Dark rings on the tail. Length from 36” – 52”
Habitat:
Open areas, barren rock buttes, pinyon juniper forests.
Range:
Sea level to about 9,000’; throughout CA
Food:
Various rodents, ground squirrels, lizards & frogs.
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