Mexican Dusky Rattlesnake
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Countries of Occurrence
States or Providence
This small rattlesnake species can only be found in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. It exists at elevations of 5,000 to 14,000 ft above sea level in mixed pine-oak forests. Their diet is broad and includes small mammals, frogs, salamanders, and other reptiles. Little else is known about the ecology and biology of the Mexican dusky rattlesnake.
Fun fact: This species used to be lumped in with other species in the same geographical range before genetics played a part in taxonomic research. Recently, the Mexican dusky rattlesnake was described as distinct from other dusky rattlesnakes (Crotalus triseriatus) and other species. Understanding the relation of different rattlesnake species is important for their conservation and preservation!