The Mojave Rattlesnake is a very heavy bodied snake averaging between 2 and 3 feet in length. Locally known as the “Mojave green”, it may be olive green or brown. It has well defined diamond or rhomboid blotches along its entire length. These blotches are distinctly outlined with a lighter color. Like the Diamondback, it has a ringed tail. The black rings of the Mojave Rattler are narrower than the white rings, and the white rings are usually more gray than white. Its head is distinctly wider than its neck. From 2 to 11 young are born in late summer. The young are 8 to 11 inches long when born. Habitat: It can be found throughout the recreation area, but it is most common in open rolling scrub desert with creosote-bush or Joshua trees as the predominate plant.
Diet: The Mojave Rattlesnake is primarily a rodent eater, but it may take lizards. Adaptations: There are no unusual adaptations beyond those noted for the other rattlers in general. Note: The Mojave Rattlesnake has a virulent neurotoxic venom that is more dangerous than the venom of the other local rattlesnakes. Fortunately bites from the Mojave are rare. Any rattlesnake bite requires immediate medical evaluation.