Crotalus ruber – red-diamond rattlesnake
Photo credit: © Adam Clause, all rights reserved
July 16th is World Snake Day, which offers no better opportunity to appreciate our scaly friends and the contributions our submitters have made to conserving this group of reptiles through their CNDDB observations. California is home to nearly 50 native snake species, and 16 are tracked through the CNDDB database. This beautiful red-diamond rattlesnake was found by Adam in the Jacumba Wilderness of Imperial County. As its name suggests, this species is identifiable by the color of its scales which can range in hues of pinkish-brown, red-orangey tan, or brick red. This snake can be found slithering in chaparral, woodland, and arid desert habitats through southwestern California to mid Baja. The red-diamond rattlesnake is a CDFW Species of Special Concern with 260 mapped occurrences throughout its California range. Thank you, Adam, for sharing this awesome photo! Happy World Snake Day everyone!
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