Crotalus oreganus abyssus

Crotalus oreganus abyssus

Crotalus oreganus abyssus

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Crotalus oreganus abyssus

Crotalus oreganus abyssus is a venomous pit viper subspecies found only in the U.S. states of Arizona and Utah.

Appearance

This is a medium to large rattlesnake. Adults measure 16–54 inches (41–137 cm) in total length.

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Dorsally, they have dark blotches on a variety of base colors ranging from reddish, pink, yellow/green, light tan, to gray. The blotches usually become crossbands near the tail. The young usually have more prominent blotches and facial markings than the adults. Some adults have no body markings.

The rostral scale usually comes into contact with more than 2 internasal scales.

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Distribution

Geography

Found in northwestern and north-central Arizona along both rims and the floor of the Grand Canyon and adjacent areas,, and North into Utah on the Kaiparowits Plateau between the Escalante River and Paria River Drainages of Kane and Garfield Counties, Utah.

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The snake is found in a variety of habitats, including grassland, Great Basin Desert scrubland, bottoms in the Grand Canyon, talus and cliff slopes, rolling hills and bajadas in pinion-juniper woodland, and pine forests.

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Habits and Lifestyle

It is primarily diurnal but can be active around the clock when conditions are favorable. The cryptic coloration and calm demeanor of this subspecies often allows it to escape detection from passersby.

Diet and Nutrition

It feeds on squirrels, mice, lizards, and birds.

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References

1. Crotalus oreganus abyssus Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crotalus_oreganus_abyssus

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