Artificial Cover. Most common
material used is plywood.
recessive gene that does not display melanism, therefore the lack of
black. Albino snakes are usually white with yellow, orange, red, pink,
refers to the
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. (Crotalus atrox)
the color of the eyes
when a snake is in the process of shedding.
the rattle segment that the
rattlesnake is born with. The "button" as well as other rattles can be
broken off as the snake gets older.
Buzztail - a
term used to describe rattlesnakes.
- refers to the
Desert Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes cerastes)
refers to the Arizona
Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerberus)
a slang term that refers to the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, but
the Mojave Rattlesnake also has a "coontail".
Name - name
that is accepted and recognized by herpetologists.
refers to rattlesnakes of the Crotalus Genera. For example, some
rattlesnakes are of the Family Viperiade;
Subfamily Crotalinae; Genera Crotalus. Not
all rattlesnakes are "crotes". Some rattlesnakes are in the
Genera Sistrurus. In Arizona, all rattlesnakes are of the
Genera Crotalus except the Desert Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus
snakes that are active in the morning and evening.
refers to the act of looking
under Natural materials (rocks, logs, etc..) and Artificial Cover
Habitat Destruction -
the result of damaging the
snake's way of living. Although there can be minor habitat destruction
from herpers looking for snakes (flipping rocks and not putting them
back), the big issue is major habitat destruction by developers that
destroy the snake's environment. When developers build a new housing
development those snakes in that micro-habitat are doomed - forever.
the sexual organs in snakes. Males have hemipene pockets that
probe from 4-12 scales counts. Females usually from 2-4.
refers to reptiles and amphibians.
refers to the act of looking for
reptiles and amphibians.
a young snake, usually a year
the material that makes up the rattle on rattlesnakes.
a recessive gene that displays
either all dark colors or mostly dark colors (black/brown).
refers to the Southwestern
Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii).
refers to snakes that live in a
refers to a recently
snakes that are active at night.
the process of inserting a small lubricated metal probe into the
hemipenes to determine the sex of a snake.
a term used to describe
Scientific Name -
consists of Genus, species,
refers to the Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus)
Sky Islands -
the mountain ranges in southern
refers to the Southwestern
Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus)
Subcaudals scales -
the scales under the tail.
Supraocular scales -
the large scales over the eyes.
from the anal opening to the tip of the tail.
Velvet tail -
refers to the Northern Blacktail
Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus molossus)
refers to the Sidewinders.