DESSERT MASSASAUGA
Sisturus catenatus edwardsii

The edwardsi is the only Sisturus found in the Trans-Pecos. Although it covers a wide range, it is not commonly encountered in most areas. They are found in all the counties of the Trans-Pecos.

Although they are called a desert massasauga, they prefer prairie grasslands as habitat in the Trans-Pecos region. They are a small rattlesnake, usually less than 18". The record is a bit over 20".

This female is from outside the Trans-Pecos, in Andrews county.

S.c. edwardsi

Some head closeups. Don't try this at home - they are very nippy snakes.