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 Red Diamond Rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber)




Red Diamond Rattlesnake | Crotalus ruber photo
Red Diamond Rattlesnake

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Red Diamond Rattlesnake | Crotalus ruber photo
Red Diamond Rattlesnake

Photograph by Chris Brown. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

RED DIAMOND RATTLESNAKE FACTS

Description
The Red Diamond Rattlesnake is an impressive snake. It is a reddish or tan color with a light edged diamond pattern on its back. Some specimens are a brick red color. It has a distinctive black and white ringed tail. The young are gray, and become redder as they get older.

Size
Length: usually around 75cmm -100cm. The longest on record is about 1.5m long.

Environment
arid scrub, coastal chaparral, oak and pine woodlands, rocky grassland, cultivated areas, mountain slopes

Food
rodents, rabbits, and other small mammals, also some birds.

Breeding
A litter of 3 - 20 live young is born in summer.

Range
Found in southwestern California, from the Morongo Valley west to the coast and south along the peninsular ranges to mid Baja California.

Notes
This rattlesnake is not usually aggressive, and some may not rattle when encountered. However the venom is potentially dangerous to humans, so it should be treated with caution and respect.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Viperidae
Genus:Crotalus
Species:ruber
Common Name:Red Diamond Rattlesnake


Relatives in same Genus
  Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (C. adamanteus)
  Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (C. atrox)
  Sidewinder (C. cerastes)
  Baja California Rattlesnake (C. enyo)
  Timber Rattlesnake (C. horridus)
  Banded Rock Rattlesnake (C. lepidus klauberi)
  Rock Rattlesnake (C. lepidus lepidus)
  Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake (C. mitchellii pyrrhus)
  Blacktail Rattlesnake (C. molossus molossus)
  Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (C. oreganus helleri)
  Great Basin Rattlesnake (C. oreganus lutosus)
  Northern Pacific Rattlenake (C. oreganus oreganus)
  Twin-spotted Rattlesnake (C. pricei)
  Mojave Rattlesnake (C. scutulatus)
  Tiger Rattlesnake (C. tigris)
  Hopi Rattlesnake (C. viridis nuntius)
  Arizona Ridgenose Rattlesnake (C. willardi willardi)