Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Crotalus atrox

Description: Adult Diamondback Rattlesnakes are a large venomous snake capable of reaching 7ft long. They have a striking pattern of dark diamonds outlined with lighter colored scales running down their back. Their tail has alternating black and white bands ending with a rattle consisting of loose hollow scales from when the snake has previously shed.

Range: These snake range throughout much of the Southern US west of the Mississippi River from Arkansas to the southern tip of California and down into North Western Mexico.

Habitat: Deserts, rocky plains and hillsides and lightly forested areas.

Reproduction: Mating occurs in the spring during which the males compete for females by intertwining their bodies and trying to wrestle each other to the ground. Females will give birth to 10-20 live young.

Diet: Small mammals and birds.

 

Here’s a video we shot of our Western Diamondback Rattlesnake shedding it’s skin!