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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Crotalus atrox

wdr

Average size: 1 - 2 lbs. / 3 - 5 ft

Average lifespan: Up to 20 years

Range/distribution Map

Habitat description: Western Diamond backs are found in the South Western United States. They live in dry rocky areas, with or without shrubs.

Behavior: Western Diamondbacks are considered a highly aggressive species that use the rattles on their tails as a warning to any possible enemies. During the winter the hibernate in dens. Prey for a Western Diamondback consists of small mammals, birds, invertebrates, and even other reptiles.

Current news/event & conservation status: Currently, Western Diamondbacks are considered a secure species.

Fun Fact

The rattles on the end of the snakes tail shake up to 60 times per second!