Posted 3 years ago
Guestimating this snake to maybe 4 feet long. Not all that long but it is very thick with a large head. The Southern Pacific rattlesnake is also about 4 feet long but I do not recall the head being that large. This one has a greenish tinge so I was thinking Mojave Green but the pattern doesn't quite match. But then rattlesnakes and other snakes have variations with patterns. That is a sign that as species go they are more recent.
This is an old school piece of taxidermy using a body form. Now snakes like this would be freeze dried. Looks like it will need a new rattle but those available online.
The thing about baby rattlesnakes being more dangerous is not true. A snake this size would leave more venom on a dry bite than a foot long one could possibly inject. The size difference in the venom sac is logarithmic. Plus fangs would be much larger and inject much deeper. The remaining fang on this one is about 1/2 inch long and a bit more under the gum line.
I didn't have much room for this piece but will make room for something this unusual. Buy the unusual as they say.