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Southern Pacific Rattlesnake

Crotalus oreganus helleri


This small rattler was cold in the late morning. It just kept an eye on me but never rattled or moved other than a slight lifting of the head. "A heavy-bodied, venomous pit viper, with a thin neck and a large triangular head. Pupils are elliptical. Scales are keeled. Ground color is brown to olive-brown. Dark brown blotches, completely outlined by light pigment, mark the back. These blotches turn to bars toward the tail, which is surrounded with dark rings. The last ring is not well-defined and is more than twice the width of the other rings. Young have a bright yellow tail. The underside is pale, sometimes weakly mottled."


Mixed chaparral along dirt path

No species ID suggestions


Thank you Jackson and venusflytrap2000 :)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 4 years ago


Jackson C.
Jackson C. 4 years ago

Nice close-up!

Thank you Emily and Lisa! This snake was gorgeous!

LisaPowers 5 years ago

Lovely encounter and great photos Cindy!

EmilyMarino 5 years ago

Very nice!

Thanks, EnvUnlimited! I love spotting snakes while on the trail. It's not very often so it's even more special :)

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.07, Long: -117.16

Spotted on Nov 18, 2013
Submitted on Nov 19, 2013

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