Western diamondback rattlesnake

Western diamondbacks are pit vipers. This means that they have a heat sensing pit located behind each nostril that can detect differences in temperature. They can be found living in deserts, grassy plains, forests, rocky hillsides and areas along the coast. 

Fast Facts

  • Animals such as deer, antelope, cows and horses regard the diamondback as a threat and may try to trample or stomp the snake.
  • The rattle of the rattlesnake is made up of a protein called keratin.
  • A rattlesnake can move its rattle back and forth 60 or more times per second.

Scientific name

Crotalus altrox
Range  Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico
Conservation status Least Concern
Diet Carnivore
Zoo location Herpetarium

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