Oregon’s Rattlesnakes: A Guide to the Different Types Found in the State

In Oregon, there is one species of rattlesnake commonly found:

Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus)

The Western Rattlesnake is the only species of rattlesnake native to Oregon. It has several subspecies, including the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus) and the Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus). The Western Rattlesnake can be found in various habitats, including grasslands, sagebrush plains, forests, and rocky areas.

The Western Rattlesnake has a venomous bite and a distinctive rattling sound produced by its tail. It has a range of coloration, including shades of brown, gray, and green, with dark blotches or bands along its body. Like other rattlesnake species, it uses its rattle as a warning signal to potential threats.

Encountering a rattlesnake in the wild can be dangerous, and it is important to exercise caution and keep a safe distance. If you come across a rattlesnake, it is best to back away slowly and give it space. It is also recommended to educate yourself about snake safety and be aware of local regulations regarding encounters with venomous snakes.