Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake

Crotalus pyrrhus
(Cope, 1866)
San Diego Co., California. March 29, 2012.

Shortly after arriving in southern California I visited a county park to kill some time waiting for friends, and to shoot some lizards. Walking down a trail I spotted something interesting off to one side – a little speck heading for shelter under a large boulder. I learned that day how ‘blendy’ speckled rattlesnakes are – their colors match the surrounding rocks and soil, and details of scales and even outline tend to blend in with the background.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

My Flickr album California 2012 is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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