Mojave Rattlesnake
Crotalus scutulatus
The Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) is a venomous snake of the American Southwest and Mexico. The snake in the top 7 images on this page was found in Graham Co., Arizona. These 7 images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS lens in March, 2009. It was a cloudy day and we used a gold reflector to cast a warmer light on some of the images while other images were taken with natural light. It will be evident which images were taken with the gold reflector. This particular individual is unusual in that it lacks the more distinctly black and white banded tail which is usually evident on this species. This species is dangerously venomous and is generally thought to be one of the most poisonous snakes in the United States, so extreme caution is always necessary when around this animal.