Photo by Jerry Schudda
Prairie Rattlesnake – Crotalus viridis viridis
More commonly tan than green with brown dorsal blotches, Prairie Rattlesnakes range almost exactly matches the Great Plains region of the U.S. Consequently, these rattlesnakes are found in grassy fields, often utilizing rodent burrows for refuge or as hibernaculum. Prairie Rattlesnakes are also known to hibernate in large groups with upwards of 100 snakes sharing the same space.
Due to the territory that this species encompasses, bites are uncommon in suburban areas and more regularly happen in regions far from medical aid resulting in further complications. Therefore, the person should start working their way towards an emergency department as soon as possible.