Crotalus lepidus klauberi
Banded Rock Rattlesnake

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Other Names: Blue Rattlesnake, Green Rattlesnake, Green Rock Rattlesnake, Rock Rattlesnake
Description: A small rattlesnake, 15"- 33" in. A light greenish-gray to blue-gray rattlesnake with 14 to 24 dark gray-brown to black rings outlined in a white irregular lines, except for specimens from the Guadalupe mountain range, they are mottled dusky in coloration. The tail is bright yellow in juvenile animals and becomes salmon in adults.
Venom: Venom is medically significant
Habitat: Inhabits many of the extreme desert mountain ranges in southern New Mexico. Found at elevations ranging from about 4,000' to 8,500'. A snake that frequents rocky terrain, large rock outcroppings, rocky stream beds, and steep rocky talus slopes in evergreen woodland and montane conifer forests. Basks in open rocky areas in forests near permanent and intermittent springs or streams.
Behavior: Chiefly diurnal but can be active night in warmer months.
Hibernation: Known to hibernate in deep cracks, sometimes in communal dens. Have been found hibernating with Western Diamondbacks (C. atrox) and Blacktail Rattlesnake (C. molossus and C. ornatus)
Reproduction: Livebearing, gives live birth 2-9 young in late summer.
Diet: Young may feeds on insects, Adults eat mice, frogs, lizards, and birds
Authored by: Garth Teitjen