Wendy Perkins, Staff Writer

Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

October 22nd, 2014

Jeff Lemm

Last week I saw firsthand how difficult the drought has been on our native snakes. While walking through the coastal sage, I found a large, female red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber). She was very thin and could barely move. I presume she had recently given birth (rattlesnakes in San Diego County give birth to live young in August and September) and just did not have enough body mass to make it through her pregnancy.

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