Photo credit:

Evan Arambul

Common name

Banded Rock Rattlesnake

Scientific name

Crotalus lepidus klauberi

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Federal and State Protections

Countries of Occurrence

United States of America, Mexico

States or Providence 


Adult size

Species Description

This relatively small rattlesnake rarely exceeds lengths of 24 inches. It is usually grayish with dark bands, but it can take on a pinkish or greenish hue. Much of its diet consists of lizards but it also eats mammals, birds, centipedes, and other snakes on occasion. It can be found in the southwestern United States and in Mexico.

Fun fact: This subspecies is named after renowned herpetologist Laurence Monroe Klauber. He described at least 50 new taxa of reptiles and donated thousands of specimens to the San Diego Natural History Museum.

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