Rattlesnake By luke

The rattlesnake is a vertebrate and belongs to the rhumba sub-group

The rattlesnake can be anywhere from 1.6 - 6.6 feet in length. The scales on a rattlesnake can be shaped as diamonds, hexagons or rhombi. They also have nine large scales near their eyes.

A rattlesnake reproduces by when a male presses is tail beneath the femlales tail to inseminate the female. This is acomplished over several hours when the male lays on top of the passive female and makes jerking motions with its hind portion. The females can carry male sperm up to six months to fertilize eggs at any time over that span.

Food/ Prey

A rattlesnake eats lizards, squirrels, small rabbits, rats, mice, goghers, prairie dogs and other small rodents. To get these small prey, the rattlesnake hides and waits in ambush for there prey.

A rattlesnake lives near open rocky area, prairies, marshes, deserts and forests. Most common found in North and South America.

Features

The rattle on the tail makes noises to scare away any dangerous prey that can easily attack from behind. They can sense small vibrations near there mouth/front of head. There eyes can adapt to dim lighting in rocks and long grass.

Predators

Eagles, hawks, ravens, foxes, coyotes, wild cats, badgers, feral, pigs, jays, king fishers, turkeys, shrikes and other snakes are all predators (enemies) for a rattlesnake.

The rattle on the tail will only work when the snake holds its tail straight up in the air. Each time the snake sheds its skin, another layer builds up on the rattle.

Credits:

Created with images by Hans - "spotted rattlesnake snake crotalus mitchellii" • Ana_M - "snake rattlesnake reptile" • tuppus - "two headed rattlesnake"

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