Speckled Rattlesnakes at ASDMby Jonathan DuHamel on Sep. 06, 2010, under Natural History
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has a new exhibit on Speckled rattlesnakes. The exhibit will run through November.
Speckled rattlesnakes most commonly inhabit dry, rocky, granite-filled canyons and their speckles resemble rock pattern and color, giving the snakes camouflage. Speckled rattlesnakes come in several colors including white, orange, pink, blue, tan, silver, black, and gray. They are generally small, 2- to 3 feet, but one subspecies can be up to 5 feet long.
Their range includes Central and Western Arizona, Southeast California, Northwest Sonora, Baja California, and several islands in the Gulf of California.
The exhibit focuses on the characteristics of skin color and pattern.
For more information on rattlesnakes in general see my article: RATTLESNAKES.