Poisonous snakes

Mexican Mountain gremuchiy

Crotalus polystictus (COPE, 1865)

Today I want to tell you about a very unique greatnice from Central Mexico. Namely, Mexican mountain (sometimes referred to as wood) greatnice.

The area of this beautiful snake is not large. In fact it is widespread on the plateau of Central Mexico at altitudes from 1450 to 2600 meters. Prefers rocky desert and shrubby woodlands, is a daily way of life. It is noteworthy that this species is not rarely climbing shrubs, and even quite willingly, in fact because of this he got the name woody gramatnica. The size is very nice, the males rarely exceed 45-50 cm, females are slightly larger (max meter, but it is a huge rarity!)

Its color is very diverse. Usually it consists of multiple “circuits” on a gray, brown, yellow, red or even green background. Agree, these colors are not typical for the majority of Crotalus. Its color can remind with the bright dew from South India. Plus his ability is heated on thick branches also will not leave indifferent any terrariumistov.

And so. For this snake is ideal for small terrarium with a top heating. Snake mountain, and therefore, ultraviolet light is required! Otherwise, not only about reproduction, but also about good his life can forget. The background temperature is not high, about 25 with a mandatory point of warming up (to 40 degrees). That is, You need to simulate mountain desert climate, it is not always easy. The diet of this species consists of small rodents (very nice), the adults are eating rat pups. The poison of moderate severity, not as powerful as larger representatives, but the consequences can be even more serious than the bite of a Copperhead snake odnovolova, so accuracy, as always should be on top! Reproduction of this snake is also not an easy task. Winter variations at high altitudes is virtually impossible to replicate at home, but to freeze the snake easily. So it’s just by trial and error… I recommend to give them wintering in the region of 12 degrees with occasional jumps a few degrees in both directions not much to spray, winter in mountain deserts usually dry. If from hibernate correctly, the next thing conventional techniques, without any problems.

Well, talk about pleasant things, and now about sad… to Get this view, unfortunately, is practically impossible. Contained for us in the Moscow zoo and, if all goes well, it will be possible regularly to divorce. Mexican mountain gremuchiy listed in the IUCN red list as a rare endemic species with narrow habitat.

All our favorite Hozer offered to take the snake to the genus Aechmophrys in 2009, and then changed his mind and called the unfortunate Rattlewellsus in 2012. Naturally, both taxa are not recognised and are reduced to synonyms. Subspecies, of course, also.Such a narrow and rather uniform habitat unlikely it would.

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