Common Snakes of Arizona
Hot temperatures and very diverse natural geography of Arizona makes it for an amazing snake home. Arizona is home to more than 50 different native snake species and of these 50 majority are venomous snakes, which is a reason to very careful when walking around in Arizona.
Venomous snakes of Arizona
As we have already mentioned, there are more than 40 venomous snake species that are native to Arizona and here we are going to mention some most common, so that you know which ones to look after.
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake-this venomous snake is most common for Phoenix region and can be seen anywhere where there is desert surroundings. This snake has black and white tail and diamond markings on its back. Its skin is usually grayish or brown. Its size ranges from 3-4 feet and if you see it, it is better to stay away.
Southwester Speckled Rattlesnake-this venomous snake lives in Camelback mountain area, North Phoenix and around North to Cave Creek. It is very variable in color, ranging from white and gray to brown, red or orange. It is usually approximately 2 feet long. They have very toxic venom so make sure to stay far away from it.
Northern Black tailed Rattlesnake-this snake is common to mountain regions and it is not likely to be seen in flat desert area. Its skin is usually brown with specks of orange, yellow or green.
Tiger Rattlesnake-this snake is also common to mountain regions as previous one. It is small, rarely larger than 2.5 feet.
Arizona Black Rattlesnake- this snake usually lives in mountains north of Phoenix. It is large, with thick body. When young, it has gray or tank skin with brown stripes and as it ages it becomes darker, sometimes even reaching black color.
Mojave Rattlesnake-as named, this snake lives in Mojave desert and in other flat and sandy desert areas. It can reach 4 feet in length. It has 2:1 white to black stripes.
Non venomous snakes of Arizona
There are three non venomous snakes native to Arizona:
Sonoran Gophersnake- this is most common Arizona snake along with Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. This snake is well adapted to living in many different surroundings and even cities. This is large snake, capable to reach 5 feet of length. This snake resembles rattlesnake and uses this resemblance to defend itself, but is harmless.
Desert Nightsnake- this is another common Arizona snake that doesn't fear to approach people and can be seen in our homes for that matter. This is small snake, often under 1 foot long. long.
Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake- this snake lives in high mountain forests around Arizona and can be rarely seen around.
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