Canebrake Rattlesnake

Canebrake Rattlesnake

Canebrake Rattlesnake
Crotalus horridus atricaudatus


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Viperidae

Range

Northern Florida and west central U.S. to Texas


Habitat

Dense thickets, cane fields, and rocky hills


Diet

Birds, small mammals, reptiles, and insects

Weight

Avg. 5 lbs.

Size

Up to 75 in.

Incubation

2 months

Clutch

4 - 17 live young

IUCN Status

Not Listed

Facts

  • Venomous. The venom is made of complex proteins that enters the bloodstream and destroys blood cells and tissues.
  • It punctures the skin with two fangs that fold back up into the roof of its mouth when closed.
  • Not especially aggressive and will retreat rather than fight. If it cannot escape, it may vibrate its rattle (at the end of the tail) and strike repeatedly with its mouth either opened or closed.
  • Canebrakes are a subspecies of timber rattlesnakes.
  • The rattle is a series of hard segments made of keratin.

 

Conservation

Canebrakes face concern from the pet trade and human persecution due to fear of the rattlesnakes.

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