Southwestern Field Herpetology

Southwestern Field Herpetology
Mar
15th
2017

Hopi Rattlesnakes

Once named a subspecies of prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis nuntius), these little orange guys are now just considered a local phenotype. They’re usually referred to as “Hopi” rattlesnake as a common name, despite having no taxonomic difference with the rest of prairie rattlesnakes … confusing for sure, but an example of how common names and the associated latin can advance at different speeds. 

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