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Crotalus oreganus lutosus
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.
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.
this bugger was in my vegetable garden and tangled in the netting. and it did rattle at us!!
Spotted on Sep 6, 2015
Submitted on Sep 6, 2015