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Wildlife Around Las Vegas

The snake species listed here occur around Las Vegas, Nevada. Click the links for species descriptions and additional photos. Snakes are interesting creatures. When you encounter one in the desert, consider yourself lucky and enjoy your good fortune at a distance. Some snakes are venomous, but remember, they lived here first, so let them be. Keep an eye out for shed snake skin in the desert.

Photo Family Common Name
snake Leptotyphlopidae Western Threadsnake (Rena humilis)
snake Colubridae Desert Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans eburnata)
Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans)
snake Colubridae Mojave Shovel-nosed Snake (Chionactis occipitalis occipitalis)
Nevada Shovel-nosed Snake (Chionactis occipitalis talpina)
Western Shovelnose Snake (Chionactis occipitalis)
snake Colubridae Western Yellow-Bellied Racer (Coluber mormon)
snake Colubridae

Red Racer (Coluber flagellum piceus)
Coachwhip (Coluber flagellum)

snake Colubridae Regal Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus regalis)
Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus)
snake Colubridae Desert Nightsnake (Hypsiglena chlorophaea)
snake Colubridae California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis california)
Common Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula)
snake Colubridae Utah Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana infralabialis)
Arizona Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana pyromelana)
Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana)
snake Colubridae Striped Whipsnake (Coluber taeniatus)
snake Colubridae Western Leaf-nosed Snake (Phyllorhynchus decurtatus perkinsi)
Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake (Phyllorhynchus decurtatus)
snake Colubridae Great Basin Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer deserticola)
Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
snake Colubridae Long-Nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
snake Colubridae Mojave Patch-nosed Snake (Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis)
Western Patch-Nosed Snake (Salvadora hexalepis)
snake Colubridae Western Groundsnake (Sonora semiannulata)
snake Colubridae Smith's Black-headed Snake (Tantilla hobartsmithi)
snake Colubridae Sonoran Lyresnake (Trimorphodon lambda)
California Lyresnake (Trimorphodon lyrophanes)
snake Colubridae Wandering Gartersnake (Thamnophus elegans vagrans)
Western Terrestrial Gartersnake (Thamnophus elegans)
snake Viperidae Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes)
Mojave Desert Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes cerastes)
Grand Canyon Rattlesnake (Crotalus abyssus) Viperidae Grand Canyon Rattlesnake (Crotalus abyssus)
snake Viperidae

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus)
Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus)
[other species listed below]

snake Viperidae Midget Faded Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus concolor)
snake Viperidae Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
snake Viperidae Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii)
Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus)
Panamint Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii stephensi)
snake Viperidae Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus)
Mojave Green Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus)

Snakes Not Found Around Las Vegas

Photo Family Common Name
snake Colubridae

Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)

snake Colubridae Black Racer (Coluber constrictor)
snake Colubridae

Common Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Peninsula Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sackenii)

snake Elaphidae Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus tener)
snake Viperidae Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)
Arizona Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerberus) Viperidae Arizona Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerberus)
snake Viperidae

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus)
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus helleri)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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