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Western rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)
The western rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) is a venomous snake with a large triangular head and deep infrared-sensitive pits on its face (hence the common description of pit viper).
Western rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis), low-angle view of a juvenile snake. Strikes from immature rattlers like this one tend to be more serious because they do not retract their fangs as quickly, and therefore deliver greater amounts of venom with their bites. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Solano County, California.
Western rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis), angled view clearly showing the rattlesnake's vertical pupil. This further differentiates it from the relatively harmless gopher snake, which has round pupils. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Solano County, California.
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