The Western Diamondback, which can exceed seven feet in length, is the king of our twenty odd species and sub-species of Southwestern desert rattlers, not only in terms of size, but also in terms of its fearsome reputation.
Its basic color ranges from brown to gray to pinkish, depending on the shade of its habitat.
Its back is lined with dark diamond-shaped blotches outlined by lighter-colored scales. Its head is distinguished by two dark stripes, one on each side of its face, which run diagonally, like Zorro's mask, from its eyes back to its jaws.
Its tail is circled by several alternating black and white bands, like the pattern of a raccoon's tail.
Its patterns are most distinctive when the snake is young and are more faded, blurred and camouflaged when it is older.