Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Crotalus atrox
PROFILE:

Western diamondbacks are some of the largest venomous snakes in the United States, reaching lengths of over seven feet! They have fierce reputations, although they give an excellent warning with their loud rattle that says, “Stay away!” Did you know that a rattlesnake’s rattle sometimes breaks and falls off? But it will grow back one segment at a time with each shed, which takes a little time to get big and loud again.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Reptile, Squamata (snakes and lizards); venomous
NATIVE TO:
southwestern United States through Mexico; native to Texas
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Carnivore
LIFESPAN:
zoos - up to 27 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary, but hibernates in groups.
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