State Listing: Endangered
Size: A large sized snake measuring 30 to 60 inches in length.
Color: Variable dorsal pattern of dark bands on a black, brown or
yellow background. The venter is light yellow in color.
There are two distinct color morphs the black phase and
yellow phase. There is a distinct heat sensitive pit on
each side of the triangular-shaped head between the
nostril and eye and a distinct rattle at the tip of the tail.
Behavior: Typically remains still to avoid detection. Occasionally will
announce their presence by rattling their tails.
Habitat: Open and closed canopy habitats within steep rocky
Commonly Confused Native Species: