Western Diamondback Rattlesnake!
Want to hear what he sounds like? Click here (not my recording)
- The rattle of the rattlesnake is made up of a protein called keratin (the same protein that your hair and fingernails are made of). A new segment is added each time a rattlesnake sheds, but they can shed at different rates. Because of this, and the fact that segments can break off, you really can’t tell a snakes age by counting the segments.
- A rattlesnake can move its rattle back and forth 60 or more times per second.
- This snake ranges in size from 3 to 5 feet long with a few reaching 7 feet long.
- These snakes can live approximately 15-20 years in captivity.
For more rattlesnake info check out the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum link here 🐍