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The Mojave rattlesnake is an inhabitant of the American southwest. They look amazingly similar to the Western Diamondback rattlesnake but have a more toxic bite. They are reclusive animals which generally flee from people when encountered.
This snake is found in the southwestern United States in southern California, southern Nevada, extreme southwestern Utah, most of Arizona, southern New Mexico, and some of Texas. It also ranges southward through much of Mexico to southern Puebla. It is found in deserts and other areas with xeric vegetation from near sea level to about 2500 m altitude.
The Mojave rattlesnake is one of the world's most venomous snakes. The most common subspecies of Mojave rattlesnake (type A) has a neurotoxic venom that is considered to be the most debilitating and potentially deadly of all rattlesnakes, and even matching several elapids. However, your odds for survival are good if medical attention is sought as soon as possible after a bite.
This was shot at a facility in Oklahoma.
I hope you enjoy this video. My herping season has got off to a slow start and I am needing to release a video per week so I thought I would share some of this video I have from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.
This video documents some behavior of a prairie dog colony and I found them interesting subjects to film. The Prairie Dog was reintroduced to the Wichitas after being gone from the area for several years and is an important part of the ecosystem. Food for coyotes, birds of prey, and rattlesnakes these cute rodents also provide shelter with their burrows for many other species as well.
Sorry for not adding narration but it has been a busy week and I was very busy amid the coronavirus crisis so please take a break to watch the entire video and take a break from all the madness!
The Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge is a great place to observe Bison, Prairie dogs, several species of birds and wildlife in general. If you are in Southwestern Oklahoma you should pay it a visit!
Just some miscellaneous shots of rattlesnakes in different positions. This video contains Western Diamondback, Mojave, Great Basin, Black Tailed, Western Pygmy and Timber Rattlesnakes.
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Heath and I photographing and filming a Timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in Oklahoma. One of the most widespread rattlesnakes found in North America, the Timber rattlesnake is losing habitat to human development and because the females take so long to breed (sometimes age 7) the Timber rattlesnake is protected in many areas. In Oklahoma, the Timber rattlesnake is actually a game animal and is legally hunted for 4 months of the year. Inspired by @smetlogik
Some video of a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake in Oklahoma.
This video depicts a Scarlet snake (Cemophora coccinea) found at night in a state park while crossing the road. These are a relatively small species with a 24" specimen being considered among the largest found. This species if often mistaken for the Milk snake which also resides in some of the same area of Oklahoma.
Some people confuse this with the venomous Coral snake but they do not exist in any known records in Oklahoma. The scarlet snake is nocturnal which means it is active at night and it generally spends the days hiding under rotten logs and leaf litter.
This species is known for feeding primarily on the eggs of other reptiles. They are also thought to eat lizards, other snakes, and possibly small rodents. The scarlet snake is oviparous and usually lays between 3 and 8 eggs per clutch. Mating occurs in the spring time and eggs are laid in the summer and hatch in the fall.
A harmless species, there is never a reason to kill this snake if encountered in Oklahoma. They are possibly common but not often seen or encountered.