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Juvenile Sidewinder Rattlesnake.  Photographed at the base of Mindless Mound in Joshua Tree National Park.

Id# 106271903,  Dimensions: 650 x 433 

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By Blitzo
Oct 11, 2008

It's not a Sidewinder. It's a Speckled Rattlesnake. The Sidewinder has horns over it's eyes, and a different color pattern.
Nice photo!

By Matthew Fienup
Administrator
From: Ventura, CA
Nov 2, 2008

I do realize that the snake pictured here does not have an obvious, horn-like scale over the eye. My ID was based primarily on the odd sideways manner in which it moved. Have you heard of Western Rattlers moving this way?

By jeffjays
Nov 22, 2008

Hi guys,

That's actually a speckled rattler,Crotalus mitchelli, a common rock dweller in much of the Mojave. Sidewinders do prefer the flats, but diamond-backs are mostly down there as well. Diamond back tails have distinct black and white banding. Check out

www.californiaherps.com

for great identification info on the state's reptiles and amphibians.

Here's your guy:

www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/c.m.pyrrhus.html

Good find!

By Jon Hanlon
From: SLO
Dec 10, 2008

Great photo!
I had never heard of a Speckled Rattler...Super interesting!

By Matthew Fienup
Administrator
From: Ventura, CA
Dec 17, 2008

Very cool!! Thanks for the info and the links, jeffjays.

By Brian in SLC
Oct 2, 2009

Great shot!
Diamondbacks have, uhh, diamond backs...
Good ID methinks!

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Juvenile Sidewinder Rattlesnake. Photographed at the base of Mindless Mound in Joshua Tree National Park.

Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Oct 7, 2008