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Tiger Rattlesnake

Crotalus tigris



Avoid/relocate if found at home

Uncommonly seen in the Cave Creek area


Snake fence exclusion works very well with this species

The Tiger Rattlesnake is found in hills and mountainous regions of Northern Cave Creek, and is seldom seen in yards and developed areas. 

Tiger Rattlesnakes are generally small snakes, with an adult reaching a length of under 3′. Most that we have documented in the Cave Creek region are smaller, in the 2′ range. They can be differentiated from the similar-looking Speckled Rattlesnake by the unusually small head shape, more banded pattern, and overly large rattle. In Cave Creek, the Speckled Rattlesnakes tend to be a reddish or orange color, while Tiger Rattlesnakes are grey, bluish, or tan in color.

Tiger Rattlesnakes are specialists that prefer hillsides and mountainous terrain. They are secretive and very seldom seen by hikers, and even less in the backyards of Cave Creek residents. Trails and roadways in the region of Bartlett Lake is where they are most commonly seen.