Western diamondback rattlesnake

Named for the diamond-shaped patterns found across the back of their body

Holger Krisp

Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes can be distinguished from most other rattlesnakes by a series of black and white bands just above their rattles. They are found throughout southwest America. Rattlesnakes can deliver a lethal bite in seconds by injecting venom into their prey. Occasionally, the fangs will break off and remain inside the victim.

Mice, rats, rabbits, gophers, ground-dwelling birds, lizards, and other small animals make up this snake’s diet and can be found in deserts, grassy plains, forests, and rocky hillsides and areas along the coast. The species is not currently threatened by mass destruction or species control.

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No