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Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis helleri). This snake was found in the Santa Monica Mountains of California. It is somewhat aggressive and has large potent amounts of venom. This is a very dangerous rattlesnake.
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake

(CBS) Now that the Egyptian Cobra that escaped it's exhibit at the Bronx Zoo in New York City is caught, it's time to take a look back at the recent snake frenzy that has taken over our headlines and imaginations lately.