Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Avoid/relocate if found at home
Very common in the Cave Creek area
Snake fence exclusion works very well with this species
The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is one of the most commonly encountered snakes in Cave Creek.
While Diamondbacks in other regions of the country may get to be quite large, a large, adult Diamondback in the Cave Creek area would be in the 3.5′ range.
They can most easily be identified by their high-contrast, black and white banded tail. When coiled in ambush, however, the tail is not usually visible, so this should not be a lone indicator.
They are often mistaken for the superficially similar-looking Mojave Rattlesnake.