Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Crotalus atrox

Among the many varieties of rattlesnakes found in North America, the western diamondback rattlesnake stands out due to its unique triangular shaped head, a feature unique to its species. It is also unique in its coloring and diamond shaped markings. It lives on dry, shrub covered rocky terrain and preys on small mammals.

Characteristics

The western diamondback rattlesnake is one of the largest rattlesnakes found in North America, growing to a length of 60-160 cm (25-65in). They weigh up to 9kg (20lbs). The western diamondback rattlesnake lives to 30 years on average, 10-20 years longer than other rattlesnake species…

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