Sidewinder

Sidewinder

Named for its side-winding locomotion, it is Nevada's smallest rattlesnake, reaching up to 31 inches in length. Primarily inhabiting valleys and bajadas, a series of backward J or S shapes left in loose sand indicates one has passed by. It will partially or nearly completely bury itself in loose sand or gravel when at rest. It is sometimes referred to as the "horned rattler" because of the modified scales above its eyes.