Acquired: Bred animal myself,
Posted Feb 21, 2013
The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is found in the United States and Mexico.It is responsible for a large portion of the snakebites in the United States.
The snake is usually 3 - 4 foot long and males are larger than females.
This snake usually lives by its self except for during breeding season and
it will often rattle to let people know its around though the snake does not
always rattle. If your in a area where the snake occurs keep your eyes open
and watch the ground.
Their is some speculation that snakes that live around a lot of people
won't rattle because the snake knows if it rattles that the human will find it.
This is still being studied and no one knows if it is true or not.
Believe it or not but in the wild this snake can go for up to two years with
out eating. They do lose a lot of energy when they don't eat.
They hunt mostly at night or in the early morning. Most hunting is done by ambush. They usually lay in wait where they know that rodents are about. They strike the rodent and then follow it and consume it when the venom from the snake slows down or kills the rodent.
This is a venomous snake and only experts should work with and handle this snake. The bite of this snake is very dangerous and if you are bitten you should seek medical attention at once.