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Great Basin Rattlesnake

The great basin rattlesnake is a subspecies of a pit viper. Exhibiting 32-50 dorsal blotches on its body, the snake is the dangerous predator. It prefers to wait and watch before predation. In Utah, the snake is officially protected.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Suborder Serpentes
Family Viperidae
Genus Crotalus
Species Crotalus oreganus
Scientific Name Crotalus oreganus lutosus

Length 25.9-47.6 in (66-121 cm)
Coloration Olive brown, pale brown or gray, or yellowish brown body
Distribution United States
Habitat Low foothills, alfalfa valleys, mountain sides, old lake benches, and open deserts
Diet Bird eggs, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians
Breeding Season Spring
Mode of Reproduction Ovoviparous
Litter Size 4-12
Venom Fact Highly venomous
Lifespan 17-19 years
IUCN Conservation Status Not listed

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Published on July 1st 2019 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 25th June 2019.

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