Juvenile and Adult

  • Rostral scale large, upturned and keeled above
  • Round pupils
  • Scales keeled (ridge lengthwise on each scale)
  • Three to four rows of distinct or slightly faded dark brown blotches along length of back; two to three rows of small blotches on sides of the body; throat is white; belly black with checkered pattern of orange, yellow or white
  • Background colour: brown to gray

Body length: up to 75 cm


  • Restricted to the short-grass prairie in the southeast corner of the province, with soils suitable for burrowing

May be confused with Prairie Rattlesnake.


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