A large yearling midget faded rattlesnake found near its den in Rio Blanco County, Colorado. Summer snake hunting in western Colorado is a race against the sun. The reptiles emerge early from their dens to soak up dawn's dull warmth. But once the hillsides hum with heat, they'll split for the shadows.
Colorado’s Deadliest Snake: The Midget Faded Rattler
Crotalus oreganus concolor - Wikipedia
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Rattlesnake season in Colorado is back with a vengeance, and it can be dangerous. Last year, endurance sportsman Dan Hohs died of a rattlesnake bite in Golden , and in recent weeks, two people have been bitten while outdoors in the Colorado Springs area.
BLM teams with researchers to protect midget faded rattlesnake
Crotalus oreganus concolor is a venomous pit viper subspecies  found in the western United States. It is a small subspecies known for its faded color pattern. The color pattern of this species consists of a pinkish, pale brown, yellow-brown, straw-colored, reddish, or yellow-brown ground color, overlaid with a series of brown elliptical or rectangular dorsal blotches.
The Colorado National Monument is an ideal habitat for the deadliest snake in the state, the Midget Faded Rattlesnake. These snakes have also been found in parts of Garfield County. The adult snake is usually between 20 and 30 inches in length and is often gray or silver in color. The snake can also have light pink, pale yellow or reddish brown coloring.