Diamondback Rattle Snake

by Cristian Arias

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rattel snake 101

The life of a Rattle Snake

  • These snakes can live approximately 15-20 years in captivity.
  • The diamond comes from the pit vipes .some adaptions of the snake was that the diamondbacks are pit vipers. This means that they have a heat sensing pit located behind each nostril that can detect differences in temperature, sometimes differences that are only a fraction of a degree apart. The heat given off by an animal is detected by the snake helping it to determine predator from prey.

what do they eat ? who eats snakes ?

  • This snake be found living in deserts, grassy plains, forests, rocky hillsides and areas along the coast. It lives in elevations from below sea level up to 6500 feet (2000m).
  • Diamondbacks hunt and are looked as a threat to Animals such as deer, antelope, cows and horses and they may try to trample or stomp the snake. Eagles, hawks, roadrunners, kingsnakes, coyote, bobcats or fox are predators who look at these snakes as a source of food.
  • Mice, rats, rabbits, gophers, ground dwelling birds, lizards and other small animals make up the diet of this snake.

How do they move?

  • they could get on tress but rather hide under things like rocks , ect.
  • they move very slow but they would scary you if you faced the
  • move like worms but 100X faster

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  • Eastern diamondbacks give live birth to about 14 young between July and October. Females may not breed every year. A rattlesnake, if unmolested, may live to the ripe old age of 20 years
  • they do not help or get any help from anyone because they are looked as a threat
  • they live solitarily

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Family: Viperidae

Genus: Sistrurus

Species: S. catenatus catenatus

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Facts about The Diamondback Rattle Snake

Type :Reptile

Diet:Carnivore

Average life span in the wild:10 to 20 years

Size:5.5 ft (1.7 m)

Weight:5 lbs (2.3 kg)

Did you know?Baby rattlers can actually be more dangerous than adults because they have less control over the amount of venom they inject.

Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:

Rattling! Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake