Prairie Rattlesnake

Crotalus viridisPrairie Rattlesnake - Crotalus viridis

Range: Most of the Western half of the United States from southern Canada down to northern Mexico.

Description: Light green to brown background color with darker brownish blotches that are border with lighter lines. Adult prairie rattlesnakes can reach a maximum length of about 5 ft.

Habitat: Dry open prairie landscapes and also sometimes found in the edges of coniferous forests.

Diet:
Wild: Mainly small mammals, juveniles will sometimes feed on amphibians or reptiles.
Zoo: Rodents

Reproduction: Females give birth to live young in late summer and early fall. The average litter is between 4 and 14 young but can sometimes be up to 25.