Rattlesnakes are one of the most dangerous snakes in North America. Rattlesnakes waggle their tails and warn other creatures. When they are waggling their tail, you should stay away from them. Rattlesnakes vibrate their tails so quickly that it vibrates 90 times a second. Rattlesnakes are very venomous snakes. They have fangs that give the snake night vision. They live in the southeastern part of the desert in United States.
Where do they live?: Southeastern United States and Mexico
What do they eat? birds, eggs, rodents, small mammals
How big are they? 1.2 to 2.4 m
How long do they live? 10 to 20 years in the wild
- Diamondback rattlesnakes rattle their tails to warn other animals
- Rattlesnakes inject venom into their prey by biting them with curved fangs.
- Rattlesnakes rarely have their original rattles. After a few years, it breaks off
- Rattlesnakes live in the burrows build by gophers or tortoises
Watch a video about the Diamondback Rattlesnake:
Hear the rattle of the Diamondback Rattlesnake:
Activities and Crafts:
Stuff you need: 5 toilet paper rolls, green paint and black markers, string
How to print the coloring page: Right click your mouse over the image and save it on your computer and then print.
Question: Spot the rattlesnake! Can you see where it’s hiding? Go to the end of the page for the answer.
Learn more about the Diamondback Rattlesnake:
——–Answer: lower right hand corner. The diamondback rattlesnake is camouflaged among the dead leaves.
(source: still from Discovery Channel, “Austin Stevens in search of monster rattlers)