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Colorado Desert Sidewinder

Colorado desert sidewinder is a poisonous subspecies of snake found in the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. The subspecies is nocturnal and crepuscular during excessive hot weather, but is active during the day when temperature is moderate.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Subfamily Crotalinae
    Genus Crotalus
    Species Crotalus cerastes
    Scientific Name Crotalus cerastes laterorepens

    Length 1.5 to 2.5 ft
    Color Sandy tan, gray, or cream body color with patterns of dark uneven patches of brown or gray on the back and sides
    Distribution Arizona and California (United States); northeastern Baja California (Mexico)
    Habitat Desert areas
    Diet Lizards, small rodents
    Predators Eagles, roadrunners
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 2 to 18
    Reproductive Age 2 to 3 years of age

    Colorado Desert Sidewinder Pictures Gallery

    Published on December 6th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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