Beware the Bite: 8 Poisonous Snakes in Arizona

 May 29th, 2024

Team LTG

Arizona's deserts are a haven for reptiles, including some venomous snakes. Learn to identify these slithery residents for a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience. 

Arizona's most common venomous snake, known for its distinctive rattle and diamond-shaped markings. 

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Highly venomous, with a neurotoxic venom that can cause paralysis. Look for the dark diamond pattern on its back. 

Mojave Rattlesnake

Identifiable by its unique sidewinding movement. The venom causes pain and swelling. 

Sidewinder Rattlesnake

Solid black body with a faint diamond pattern. A venomous bite can cause severe pain and swelling. 

Arizona Black Rattlesnake

Smaller rattlesnake with crossbands on its back. Potent neurotoxic venom. 

Tiger Rattlesnake

Easily recognizable by its red, yellow, and black bands. Neurotoxic venom, but small fangs require a chewing bite to inject. 

Arizona Coral Snake

Similar to the Arizona Coral Snake but with a black head and tail. Venomous with a neurotoxin. 

Sonoran Coral Snake

Typically found in rocky canyons and hillsides, this species has a dark tail tip and a potent venom. 

Black-Tailed Rattlesnake