Southwestern Field Herpetology

Southwestern Field Herpetology
Jan
15th
2010

Some Mojave Rattlesnakes from Eastern Arizona / Western New Mexico

Here are a few of the many mojave rattlesnakes, Crotalus scutulatus, I found in a 3 day period in August, 2009. The species has an incredible amount of variation throughout its range, and these individuals are no exception. The 4 hour drive to this location shows quite a bit of difference between the light greenish scutulatus I see around Phoenix.

It’s also worth mentioning that the scutulatus from Cochise county have more toxic venom than they would elsewhere. I am not sure why this is, but I’m as careful as ever when handling these guys.

Neonate
Neonate
Crotalus scutulatus
Crotalus scutulatus
A pissy morning scutulatus
A pissy morning scutulatus
Mojave Rattlesnake
Mojave Rattlesnake
Another bad morning
Another bad morning
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4 Responses to “Some Mojave Rattlesnakes from Eastern Arizona / Western New Mexico”

  1. Paul McGuffin says:

    Great shots of the Mojaves. I spent several days, last spring, in the Boot Heel of New Mexico, the Big Hatchet Mountains. We went in from the east side up Thompson Cyn. then climbed the Big Hatchet Pk. Only saw one rattlesnake. It was in the desert floor on the way in. Just a regular Western Diamondback. Are there any Mojaves in the Big Hatchet area?
    Some years back, working for the Southern Pacific Railroad, I saw a lime green one just a few miles north of Mojave, California.
    Paul McGuffin

  2. Bryan says:

    Thanks Paul. I haven’t been to the Big Hatchet mountains yet, but mojaves do range there. The diamondbacks in the area look amazing, as well, being a lot more colorful and sporting a reduced pattern in comparison to the diamondbacks I see here in Phoenix.

  3. Paul McGuffin says:

    Bryan, You need to make a trip to the Big Hatchets. It’s like going back in time. There were next to no signs of humans ever being there. If you find some Mojaves there, please post some photos. Take lots of water with you.
    Paul McGuffin,

  4. John Geiss says:

    Today I came across what looks like a Mojave, but I live in northwest New Mexico and they are not suppose to live this far north. Is there any similar rattlers that it could be? I have a picture to help identify it.

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