Crotalus oreganus concolor
San Juan Co., Utah. May 28, 2011.
‘Midget Faded’ seemed like an awkward common name for this rattlesnake, and I decided to swap the two words around. It wasn’t until I was back at home that I recalled Edward Abbey also referred to the Faded Midget rattlesnake in his classic Desert Solitaire.
This specimen was found crossing the road in the Canyon Rim Lands of Utah. I think I may stick with calling them Faded Midgets, even though ‘faded’ is not an appropriate adjective for this specimen.
Colorado 2011 Flickr album is here.
HerpMapper records for this species are here.