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Grand Canyon Rattlesnake

Grand canyon rattlesnake is a poisonous pitviper subspecies of snake, endemic to the state of Arizona in the United States. The snake is mainly diurnal, but can be active at night under favorable conditions.



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


    Other Names Canyon Bleached Rattlesnake
    Length 16 -54 in
    Color Reddish, yellow/green, pink, light tan to gray outer surface with dark uneven patches that become crossbands near the tail
    Distribution Northwestern and north-central Arizona
    Habitat Grassland, desert scrubland, woodlands, forests
    Diet Squirrels, mice, lizards, birds
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter
    Predators Hawks, eagles, other snakes
    Venom Fact Venomous
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Listed

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    Published on January 6th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 15th May 2019.

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