Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

“Baby Rattlesnake”

Obviously it’s not, but these groundsnakes get into houses a lot, and “baby rattlesnake” is what the people who call my snake removal service often tell me it is. The baby they describe is actually full-sized at a little over a foot long, and can get anywhere scorpions can. This one wasn’t found in a kitchen, but crossing a road in a mountainous area North of Phoenix.

Sonoran Groundsnake, Sonora semiannulata


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2 Responses to ““Baby Rattlesnake””

  1. Crotalus says:

    I’m jealous! I have never had any wild snake loose in any of my houses! A few escaped captives, maybe, but never an unexpected wild snake.

  2. I try tO impress on people here in San Felipe to not kill these little ground snakes. The locals here kill these and the shovel nose, ( any thing with a colored band) they think they are coral snakes, which by the book are not found in Baja. GEO

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