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Pigmy Rattle Snake from the Gooseberry Trail in Canyonlands National Park.Canyon Country Animals

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A wide variety of rattlesnakes exist in this area, but are seldom seen. They do not attack people, though they may crawl in your direction if they are not aware of your presence. Rattlesnakes are more sensitive to ground vibrations than to sound, and ordinarily move quietly away from an approaching hiker. If surprised, they usually coil into a defensive posture and back slowly away and may rattle. When you hear the rattle, stop immediately and spot the snake before moving carefully away.

Rattlesnakes

Scientific Name: Sidewinder: Crotalus cerastes
Scientific Name: Western Diamondback: Crotalus atrox

Constrictors

Striped Whipsnake in Canyonlands from the Island in the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park. Great Basin Gopher Snake from Hidden Valley Trail.
Striped Whipsnake
(Scientific Name: Masticophis taeniatus)
Great Basin Gopher Snake
(Scientific Name: Pituophis)

Photos

Notes

The main photo on this page is a Pygmy Rattlesnake taken along the Gooseberry Trail in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The other images were taken at various other locations in the Colorado Plateau Region of Utah.

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