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Great Basin Rattlesnake

Crotalus oreganus lutosus

Description:

The Great Basin Rattlesnake is a subspecies of the Western rattlesnake that lives in western Utah, plus parts of Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada and Arizona. It is a subspecies of the Western Rattlesnake. The markings on the Great Basin Rattlesnake resemble those of the harmless gopher snake, but rattlesnakes can be identified by their rattles, their large triangular heads, and relatively wide, flat bodies.

Habitat:

Inhabits the dry and barren areas of the Great Basin region, being found on hills, summits and old lake benches. They are said to prefer southern exposures among rocks and boulders on hillsides and buttes, low foothills, mountainsides, open deserts, alfalfa fields and valley floors.[3]

Notes:

this bugger was in my vegetable garden and tangled in the netting. and it did rattle at us!!

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2 Comments

CynthiaMHori
CynthiaMHori 5 years ago

sadly we couldnt. it was so, so tangled. we were afraid of getting bitten.

BryanHughes
BryanHughes 5 years ago

Ah, were you able to free it? That netting is nasty stuff.

CynthiaMHori
Spotted by
CynthiaMHori

Bountiful, Utah, USA

Spotted on Sep 6, 2015
Submitted on Sep 6, 2015

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