Aruba Island Rattlesnake
|Geographical Range||Aruba Island (in the Caribbean)|
|Habitat||Rocky hillsides and adjacent rocky, sandy fields|
|Scientific Name||Crotalus unicolor|
|Conservation Status||Critically endangered|
Years of study have proven this rattlesnake to be a distinct species (type), not just a variant of another species common to Central and South America. Human development on Aruba, including tourism, almost brought it to extinction. Fortunately, the island's people are now aware of the species' role in the local ecology and have established a nature preserve to protect it.
Did You Know?
This snake is venomous.