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Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake
This rare and beautiful montane rattlesnake is easily recognized by the "war paint" stripes on its face, and slightly upturned snout (hence the name). This species can be reclusive and finding one in the U.S. can be very difficult. Though these small rattlesnakes occur throughout much of Northern Mexico, they only exist in the U.S. in extreme Southeastern Arizona... another herpetological gem of the Sky Islands.
Sky Islands, Arizona