Arizona Rattlesnakes

Arizona Rattlesnakes
Jan
7th
2011

Sidewinders, Big and Small

Well, big is relative. The first snake is about as large as most Sonoran sidewinders, Crotalus cerastes cercobombus, will ever get … about 2 feet long. The latter is brand new to this world, about as long as a dollar bill and can easily coil up on a quarter.


 

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  2. Michael says:

    When do you usually see newborns? There’s a decent population of cerastes within walking distance of my house, and I’d love to find some little juvies out there before heading off to college.

  3. Bryan says:

    Start looking in about two weeks. I find them often right around the first of August, and throughout the month.

  4. Michael says:

    Thanks! Haven’t had any luck yet, but there’s a female I’ve been keeping an eye on who appears gravid. Out of curiosity, would you say that comparing the black and white tail markings could be an effective means to identify individual cerastes from each other? It seems that each sidewinder I’ve seen so far this year has had pretty unique tail patterns.

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