All About The Dangerous Snakes In Las Vegas


In the Las Vegas area, there are a few snakes to be concerned about. This is because we're located in the Mojave desert and snakes love the desert. Here are a few common desert snakes you could find in your Las Vegas yard, along with some tips to prevent an unwanted encounter:

Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake
Crotalus mitchelli sp.

At around 3 to 4 feet in length, this is considered a mid-sized snake. As with all the rattlesnakes mentioned on this page, it has a tail that shakes and makes a rattling sound. You may be able to distinguish this snake by its mottled coloration. It is usually a mix of grey, black, tan and brown speckles. It may also be pink, brown, yellow, gray, almost entirely black or almost entirely white. 

Mojave Desert Sidewinder
Crotalus cerastes cerastes

This horned rattle rattlesnake is called a sidewinder because of the way it slithers across the ground, throwing raised loops of its body to the side. These loops look like an S shape. At only about 20 to 30 inches in length, this is a relatively small snake. It will usually be a pale color but may also be tan, pink, brown, or dark gray.

Mojave Rattlesnake
Crotalus scutalalus

This snake is typically around 3 feet in length but may be as much as 4 feet long. It varies in color and may be a grayish-green, olive green, tan, or brown color with a white coloration that creates a diamond pattern on the skin.


All rattlesnakes have venom that can be fatal. Of the snakes listed here, the Mojave rattlesnake is the most venomous. It is considered to be the most potent of all rattlesnakes. When bitten by a rattlesnake, be aware that the symptoms will not happen immediately. Head to the hospital before symptoms begin. You'll be glad you did. 

Where Snakes Hide

Snakes are most likely to be found near a water source. If you have a pond or puddles in your yard, that is where snakes will want to be. They'll also get into moist landscaping or hide under objects in the middle of the day. If a pile of objects offers holes for snakes to slither into, they're likely to do it. Be cautious when moving things in your backyard.

Common Questions About Las Vegas Snakes

Are snakes scared of humans?

Yes. When you stumble upon a snake, it is important to understand that it is more scared of you than you are of it. Everything you can do with your body language to let the snake know that you're moving away and you're not a threat will help to avoid a snake bite.

What snakes can kill you?

According to the CDC, 7,000 to 8,000 U.S. residents seek medical attention for snake bites annually. Under 10 people die from snake bites in the U.S. each year. While the snakes listed above can kill you, it is very rare. But it is extremely unpleasant to get bitten by these snakes and medical treatment should be sought quickly.

What to do if you see a snake? 

Back away calmly if you see a snake. Fast movements can provoke a snake. Most snakes won't pursue you. They will hold their ground and then slither away. Once you have moved to a safe distance, call a licensed professional to remove the snake from your property. If you need assistance with snake removal in Las Vegas, we can help.

Snake Control in Las Vegas

Looking to get rid of snakes? We can help! If you need help controlling the snakes around your Las Vegas home, reach out to the snake control experts at Red Rock Pest Control. Our experienced pest control professionals know what is required to track and capture snakes safely and effectively.


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