Mexican Lance-Headed Rattlesnake

Crotalus Polystictus

Scientific Name

Mexican Lance-Headed Rattlesnake:  
Crotalus Polystictus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

The Mexican lance-headed rattlesnake can be found residing in central Mexico.

Natural Habitat

The Mexican lance-headed rattlesnake inhabits dry open grasslands as well as pine and oak forests.

Physical Characteristics

  • Reaching upwards of 28 inches, the Mexican lance-headed rattlesnake is tope in color with 4 to 7 distinct cross-bands on their tail.

Quick Facts

  1. Though few bite incidents have been reported, the Mexican lance-headed rattlesnake has long fangs and is extremely venomous.


Amphibian and Reptile Center

Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Mexican Lance-Headed Rattlesnake is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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The Mexican lance-headed rattlesnake preys on that of other reptiles, amphibians and occasionally on insects.