FC: Western Diamondback Rattlesnake | By: Jaidyn Vankirk
1: Habitat | The western diamondback rattlesnake can be found on a open hillside. Sometimes on rocky hillsides. They are found on canyons too. Even on sagebrushes and grassy lands.
2: Food | The western diamondback rattlesnake is a carnivore which is a meat eater. A small rattlesnake will eat small rodents. A bigger rattlesnake will eat as small as a rat and as big as a rabbit. They'll even eat a egg if they can find one. One more thing is that a common king snake will eat a western diamondback rattlesnake.
3: Characteristics | One reason they call them the western diamondback rattlesnakes is the diamondback patterns on there back. They can be grayish to brownish or pinkish to reddish. They also have heat sensing pads between the mouth and the nostrils Their pupils are vertical. One more thing is you cannot tell how old diamondback rattlesnake by its rattle.
4: Adaptations | They can be found under a rock. Sometimes left out toys. They maybe just under plain old dirt. Even in grass you may not see them in grass or dirt.
5: Life Cycle | The diamondback rattlesnakes hatch inside their mothers body. Between 4 months they can give birth to 2-24 babies. After seven to ten days they shed for the first time. After it sheds the rattle only remains until it breaks. Every time this happens a new piece of rattle is added this may happen several times in a year this is why you cannot tell how old a diamondback rattlesnake is. They can live up to 20 years. Some of these snakes can grow up to 1 meter long and some can grow to 2 meters long.
6: Interesting Facts | More people are bitten by this snake more than any other venomous or poisons snake this snake is the second largest snake in the world. Their rattle helps them with defense. If you get bitten go to the nearest medical center also do not do anything to treat the cut. One more thing a person moved and left a snake behind and now a pet shop owner is taking care of it.
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