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Hopi Rattlesnake


Northeast Arizona to Extreme Southeastern Utah


Arid regions around rock piles.


Light in color with indistinct markings. Thick bodies with slender necks, diamond shaped head.

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These snakes are crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk). They can be more nervous than other rattlesnake species, although individual temperament can differ.


These snakes are ovoviviporous (live bearing). Up to 25 young may be born but on average 4-12 young are born from August to October.

Interesting Facts:

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Did YOU Know?
This is the rattlesnake commonly used in the Hopi Indian snake dance.
Hopi Rattlesnake
Native Utah Animal
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Class: reptile
Order: Squamata
Genus: Crotalus
Species: viridis nuntius
Length: 15 to 24 inches
Average Lifespan: 11
Wild Diet: Small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Desert Zone

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