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Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus
Adults are 23-52 inches in length (58-132 cm) averaging 2 - 3.5 feet. Young 8.5 - 10.5 inches. A heavy-bodied, venomous pit viper, with a thin neck and a large triangular head. Pupils are elliptical. Scales are keeled. The body is marked with a vague pattern consisting of dark speckled banded markings from off-white, yellowish, gray, tan, pinkish, pale orange, to brown.
Associated mostly with arid areas strewn with rocks and boulders - alongside buttes, mesas, and desert outcroppings, but sometimes found on loose soil. Occurs in areas vegetated by sagebrush, creosote, thornscrub, chaparral, pinon-juniper woodland, succulent desert.
Spotted on Jun 30, 2013
Submitted on Jul 10, 2013