Saúl Banda García Granados
Queretaran dusky rattlesnake
Federal and State Protections
Sujeta a Protección Especial (Pr)
Countries of Occurrence
States or Providence
Guanajuato, Hidalgo, México, Michoacán, and San Luis Potosí
50 cm (20 in) - 67.8 cm (26.7 in)
This small rattlesnake can be found in the highlands of Central Mexico. The Queretaran dusky rattlesnake has a diverse diet including mammals, lizards, and other snakes--the Mexican pinesnake and species of gartersnakes are each recorded prey items for this rattlesnake.
Fun fact: The specific epithet of this rattlesnake's name, "aquilus," means "eagle" which refers to the high elevation at which this rattlesnake lives: 5,000 to 14,500 ft above sea level!