Photo credit:

Kameron Orr

Common name

Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake

Scientific name

Crotalus pyrrhus

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Federal and State Protections

Countries of Occurrence

United States of America

States or Providence 

California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah


Adult size

Species Description

This medium-sized rattlesnake averages about 2-3.5 ft in length. It inhabits southern California, Arizona, and the southern tips of Nevada and Utah. Further south into Baja California, there are three other subspecies of this rattlesnake that differ by their genetics.

Fun Fact: This species is highly variable in coloration from pink to blue to black-and-white. Their variable coloration helps them blend in well to their environment!

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