|Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus)|
L=up to 4' (1.2m). With its "coon tail" and similar color
patterns, the Mojave Rattlesnake is easily confused with the Western
Diamondback Rattlesnake. Unlike the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake,
the Mojave often has a greenish tinge, the diagonal light stripe behind
their eyes does not contact their mouth), they have 2-3 enlarged scales
on the top of their head between their eyes (versus not present), and
white bands on their tail may be much wider than their black bands (although
this does not consistently work).
Carnivorous, feeding mostly on rodents, but occasionally eating other small animals. Largely nocturnal. Hibernates alone during the winter or with just one or two others (unlike most rattlesnakes that congregate in large groups) in a rodent burrow commonly. Gives birth to live, venomous young. See Rattlesnake Facts below for more information.