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Rattlesnakes Around Las Vegas
Wildlife Around Las Vegas

Three rattlesnake species occur in the deserts around Las Vegas (Sidewinder, Speckled, and Green), and then one more just a bit north of town (Great Basin). Farther away, of course, more rattlesnake species occur in the region, but these are the species expected near town. Rattlesnakes are very uncommon around Las Vegas, so don't ever expect to see one, but keep an eye out in rocky hills for Speckled, and keep an eye out in desert flats for Sidewinders and Greens. Click the links for species descriptions and additional photos.

Snakes are interesting creatures. If you encounter one in the desert, consider yourself lucky and enjoy your good fortune at a distance. These species are venomous, but remember, they lived here first, so let them be.

Photo Common Name Species Name
Crotalus cerastes Sidewinder Crotalus cerastes
Crotalus mitchellii Speckled Rattlesnake Crotalus mitchellii
Crotalus scutulatus Mojave Green Rattlesnake
Mojave Rattlesnake
Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus
Crotalus scutulatus
Crotalus oreganus Great Basin Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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