Nearly all information on this page pertains to snakes found at Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, and Mt.
Charleston. Very few fatalities due to snake bites have occurred in Clark County.
Out of 18 snakes around Las Vegas only three are
There are no venomous snakes in Mt. Charleston
Most active months for snakes are April and October
Snakes are most active in early morning and at dusk
20 to 40% of bites from venomous snakes are dry bites
Snakes are most active between temperatures of 70 and 90
Some rattlesnakes don't rattle
The Red Racer (non-venomous) is the most common snake
seen around Las Vegas
I have only seen nine rattlesnakes in 17
3 Rattlesnakes in the Las Vegas Area
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Color: Tan with dark blotches
Washes and sandy areas
Elevation Range: Up to 4,500 feet Prime
Location: Lake Mead
Bite: Least venomous rattlesnake around Vegas
Best Identifier: Small snake. Light background color overlain by dark blotches.
Color: Salt and Pepper gray, shades of brownish-orange
Terrain: Rocky. Outcrops and foothills
Elevation Range: Up to 6,500 feet
Prime Location: Red Rock
Bite: Bad. Lots of venom
Best Identifier: Sandy, speckled appearance.
Color: Greenish tint on the flanks. Diamond pattern.
Terrain: Creosote slopes and washes
Elevation Range: Up to 4,500 feet
Prime Location: Lake Mead
Bite: Very serious. Injects neuro-toxic venom.
Best Identifier: Greenish color.
Color: Generally light tan to brown with faded "dusty" diamond pattern. Terrain: Brushy
desert, rocky canyons
Elevation Range: Up to 5,000 feet
Prime Location: South of Searchlight, NV
Bite: Highest fatality rate of any snake in North America!
Best Identifier: Size. This is a big snake compared to other rattlesnakes. White and black bands
Gopher Snake - Not Poisonous:
Color: Cream colored to yellow brown
Elevation Range: Up to 8,000 feet
Prime Location: All areas
Bite: Not venomous, but will bite
Best Identifier: Lack of triangular head. No ring on tail.