Photo by Jerry Schudda
Mohave Rattlesnake – Crotalus scutulatus
A large bodied greenish-brown rattlesnake with a grey and black banded tail, Mohave Rattlesnakes range from Southern California to west Texas and deep into Mexico. These snakes were mistakenly given a bad reputation as the “Deadly Mohave Green” in the early 1900s but have since become more known for the two types of venom they carry which depends on their locality.
Some Mohave rattlesnakes contain a higher proportion of neurotoxins in their venom which can cause paralytic effects in conjunction with the local tissue injury. Others contain similar venom components to the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and have more hemotoxic effects.