Southwestern Field Herpetology

Southwestern Field Herpetology
Sep
15th
2009

Neonate Mojave Rattlesnakes

On a recent outing in less-than-ideal conditions revealed the first neonate rattlesnakes I’ve seen in 2009. We found this first tiny Mojave Rattlesnake, Crotalus scutulatus, on the move.

Crotalus scutulatus
Crotalus scutulatus

I forgot something in the truck, and on the 20 foot walk to retrieve it I found another; most likely from the same mother.

Mojave Rattlesnake
Mojave Rattlesnake

Further down the road we found one more of this species. We did not see any other species, or adult snakes. I will often find very young babies out in conditions that other snakes would rather not be out in.

Crotalus scutulatus
Crotalus scutulatus


 

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2 Responses to “Neonate Mojave Rattlesnakes”

  1. feralchick says:

    So how big/small are they? Hard to tell without a reference. Beautiful though . . .

  2. Bryan says:

    I definitely should have put some reference on some of these … they are about the size of a #2 pencil, and coiled up just a little bigger than a quarter.

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